Cairns Indigenous Art Fair – a boost to tourism

17 Aug 2012 11:49 AMJann Stuckey

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey says Australia’s premier Indigenous Art Fair, CIAF, reinforces Queensland’s emerging reputation as an arts and cultural destination.

Ms Stuckey was at the event today and said it is a significant part of Queensland’s arts calendar.

“The event also plays an important role in supporting the local tourism industry, with thousands of interstate and international visitors attending,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Hosting events like this, with the support of Events Queensland is another way of showcasing Queensland.”

This is the third in a trifecta of major events for Cairns in 2012. The Ironman in June, the Richmond v Gold Coast AFL match last month and now CIAF will provide an economic boost of more than $13.5 million to the Cairns economy.

“Events Queensland and the Newman Government recognises cultural tourism, including indigenous cultural experiences, as a major contributor to Queensland’s economy and key growth opportunity for the tourism sector,” she said.

“The recent announcement of extra flights by both China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines to Cairns will further enhance the success of this fair.

“Events like these will help the Government reach its target of doubling overnight expenditure to $30 billion by 2020.”

[ENDS] 16 August 2012