Jarratt’s cheap holidays too good to be true

20 Jun 2011 10:30 AMJann Stuckey

20 June 2011

LABOR’s Tourism Minister Jan Jarratt had seriously misled Queenslanders looking to holiday at home and risked damaging an industry already on its knees, the LNP said today.

Shadow Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jann Stuckey said the Minister had taken on the role of a dodgy agent spruiking super cheap holidays – at idiotic rates that simply did not exist.

“Jan Jarratt has exposed her total lack of understanding of our tourism industry by spruiking fake room rates for Cairns, the Gold Coast and elsewhere,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Minister needs to explain exactly where she obtained the rates for the winter holiday ‘specials’ – especially for the deals in Far North Queensland at Cairns Mantra Trilogy and  Villas Resort Port Douglas for $37/night and the Broadbeach Mantra for $48/night

“She also needs to explain where the rates came from for the ‘specials’ referred to in her media statement of June 17* that was issued, but then pulled from the Government website.

“If a registered travel agent behaved like this, advertising fake deals, they would be liable for prosecution under our Fair Trading laws,” Ms Stuckey said.

“What Ms Jarratt has done is embarrassing, and has already damaged the reputation of resorts who’ve been contacted by would-be holiday makers wanting to make bookings.

“I call on the Minister to apologise to Queenslanders and the resorts that have been misrepresented by her mindless actions.”
Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919

*See Ministerial medial statement below – issued June 17 – Nothing beats Queensland’s sensational winter holiday specials
From: statements@qld.gov.au [mailto:statements@qld.gov.au]
Sent: Friday, 17 June 2011 5:03 AM
Subject: Nothing Beats Queensland’s sensational winter holiday specials!
Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business
The Honourable Jan Jarratt
Nothing Beats Queensland’s sensational winter holiday specials!
Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Minister Jan Jarratt said savvy Queenslanders will holiday at home this winter, with tourism operators are offering a range of sensational savings and incentives on holiday packages.
“Do your research because you’ll find Queensland tourism operators are smashing the prices of comparative deals in the Pacific and South East Asia,” Ms Jarratt said.
“There’s a perception that heading overseas to the Pacific and South East Asia can be cheaper than a holiday at home but when you factor in flights, travel time, the costs of eating out and activities, Queensland has some seriously competitive, high-quality, value-for-money deals,” she said.
“For instance a four-night holiday including airfares from Brisbane to a three-and-a-half star resort in the South Pacific will set you back upwards of $859 per person, twin share.
“You also lose around a day in travel time each way getting to and from airports and passing through immigration and customs.
“Whereas a four-night holiday on Queensland’s Magnetic Island at a four-and-a-half star resort can have you relaxing by the pool by lunchtime – and it will cost around $545 per person, twin share including flights from Brisbane.
“Additionally the same couple from Brisbane could drive to the Gold Coast and grab four nights at a four-star resort from $179 per person.”
Ms Jarratt said taking a Queensland holiday will also show our tourism industry that Australians are supporting the State to get back on its feet after recent extreme weather events.
“Our focus is on regaining visitors’ confidence in Queensland as Australia’s favourite destination for holidays, events and business travel,” she said.
“Queensland’s tourism industry is resilient, resourceful and despite dealing with floods and cyclones earlier in the year, operators have rallied together to present a united front of great value deals to lure people back here.
“Nowhere else offers such fantastic flexibility for families who can tailor their holiday, choosing from hotels or self-catering apartments.”
Queensland holidays are on sale throughout the State, with tourism operators from the north to the south offering added incentives such as “stay four nights, pay for three” or “kids stay and eat free” options.
“I urge Aussies to take advantage of what we’ve got in our own backyard and migrate to Queensland’s shores this winter,” Ms Jarratt said.
For more information on Queensland’s shining holiday deals, visit www.queensland.com