Kate Jones shows blatant disregard for tourism industry

27 Mar 2015 4:44 PMJann Stuckey

Opposition Tourism and Events Shadow Minister Jann Stuckey said Labor had fooled the tourism industry into believing they would have a strong advocate in a senior ministry should they win Government.

“The Palaszczuk Government revealed just how little they value Queensland’s $23 billion tourism industry with new Tourism Minister Kate Jones skimming over it in her first address to the 55th Parliament,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Rather than inspiring confidence in the industry which is made up of thousands of small businesses, Ms Jones exhibited an extraordinary lack of understanding or interest choosing to cut short her speech after only briefly touching on tourism.

“What we saw from the Minister was the same old Labor who didn’t care about tourism or small business in previous governments, instead penalising them with excessive red tape and charges.

“This leopard has not changed its spots and this government does not have a plan; it does not have a cohesive tourism strategy.”

Ms Stuckey said the Premier’s decision to create mega portfolios meant vital industries like tourism would be treated as an after-thought.

“Without a solid plan and long term vision for new, innovative projects and offerings especially in the eco-tourism sphere, gains under the LNP’s DestinationQ initiative will be lost and so too will jobs,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Minister Jones and the Palaszczuk Government had a chance to show they had learnt lessons from the past but rather than outline a plan of how to grow this important industry, tourism barely rated a mention.”

[ENDS] 27th March, 2015



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