Government announces Townsville rugby league test

5 Jun 2012 3:08 PMJann Stuckey

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Newman Government today welcomed news that, for the first time, Townsville will host a major Rugby League Test between Australia and New Zealand on October 13.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the announcement was great for Queensland Rugby League fans a day after the State of Origin series opener.

“To host a Rugby League Test of this calibre in Townsville is a tremendous coup for the region as well as North Queensland League fans,” Ms Stuckey said.

“It reflects the Government’s strategy to establish Queensland as Australia’s leading tourism and major event destination.

This test match will shine a national and international sporting spotlight on the region with television coverage to be broadcast throughout Australia and New Zealand.

“More than 20,000 people are expected to attend this game and at least 40 per cent of those will be visitors from outside Townsville,” she said.

“That will deliver an estimated economic boost of almost $3.5 million to Townsville and more than 19,000 overnight visits, supporting tourism and local jobs.”

The decision to bring the international event to Townsville, ahead of a number of other competing Australian venues, reflects the success of ongoing partnerships between Rugby League and Events Queensland.

This partnership has resulted in the All Stars, Test matches and a World Cup Final played in the ‘Sunshine State’, where Queenslanders have shown great support for international Rugby League.

Securing the Rugby League Test comes in the lead up to another key Newman Government initiative, the DestinationQ conference to be held June 25-26.

“Securing a major international sporting event ahead of our ground-breaking DestinationQ conference is a great example of the Queensland Government’s support for the State’s tourism industry,” she said.

“The LNP Government has identified tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy. Our commitment is to double overnight visitor expenditure by 2020; injecting an extra $15 billion into the Queensland economy.”

The 2012 Test is supported by the Queensland Government through Events Queensland and Townsville Enterprise Limited.
[ENDS] 25 May, 2012