High level talks strengthen Queensland’s relationship with China

18 Dec 2012 4:48 PMJann Stuckey

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cairns: Premier Campbell Newman has met with one of China’s top government officials for talks that could broaden Queensland’s relationship with the world’s largest nation.

Chinese State Councillor, Her Excellency Madame Liu Yandong, is on a state visit to honour the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Australia.

Today’s meeting was designed to strengthen Queensland’s significant ties with China and expand our collaborative partnerships in trade and investment,” Mr Newman said.

“China is a vital trading partner for Queensland and we are continually looking for ways to open the lines of communication between our two regions.”

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said China was an important market for Queensland’s tourism industry and was now the largest international market for Tropical North Queensland (TNQ).

“Tropical North Queensland is fast becoming one of China’s favourite tourist destinations,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The latest International Visitor Survey shows the tropical north welcomed 102,000 Chinese visitors in the year to September 2012, a 38 per cent increase on the year before, and we see plenty of opportunity to grow this market even further.

“Our $8 million Attracting Aviation Investment Fund helped secure additional flights from China Eastern Airlines which has the potential to inject millions of dollars into the Cairns economy.

“China Southern Airlines is also set to commence additional flights and our hope is the demand for these new routes will continue to grow.”

Member for Cairns Gavin King said he was honoured to welcome Madame Liu to Cairns.

“The fact that she has chosen to come here reinforces Cairns’ reputation as one of Australia’s premier tourist destinations and underscores the growing role the region plays in Queensland,” Mr King said.

“We invite Chinese holiday makers to come and enjoy for themselves the world class tourist attractions on offer here in Queensland, and experience our warm and unique style of hospitality.”

[ENDS] 13 December 2012