LNP tourism roadshow heads to Cairns

16 Jan 2012 4:58 PMJann Stuckey

16 January 2012

THE LNP’s tourism strategy roadshow lands in Cairns tomorrow (Tuesday) with Shadow Minister Jann Stuckey set to meet with local industry leaders and stakeholders.

Ms Stuckey said the LNP’s 20 year plan to get Queensland tourism back on track had been widely applauded by tourism industry leaders as a strong pathway forward for a sector vital to the state’s economy.

“I’m looking forward to bringing the LNP’s tourism roadshow to Cairns to meet with locals and listen to their needs and concerns,” Ms Stuckey said.

“In Cairns I’ll be discussing the LNP Tourism Strategy document, released on November 23 2011 as a result of many months of consultation with operators across Queensland.

TTNQ members are invited to attend a forum with local LNP candidates Gavin King, Michael Trout and Robyn Quick and myself at the Hotel Cairns on Tuesday 17 January commencing at 5pm.

Ms Stuckey said Queensland’s tourism industry had long been the envy of the rest of Australia, but had suffered under the policies of the tired, 20 year-old Labor Government.

“Labor has all its eggs in the mining basket which does little for jobs and joblessness in places like Cairns.

“Curtis Pitt and Steve Wettenhall are part of the Government that has let Cairns tourism down. One is a minister at the Cabinet table the other is a Parliamentary Secretary and they have been part of decision-making on carbon taxes etc all of which hurt Cairns and Cairns tourism, while failing to set out long term strategies to help for the future.

“Only the LNP is committed to getting tourism back on track through a commonsense plan that includes growing overnight visitor spending in Queensland to $30 billion by 2020, co-ordinated decision making in government and a special unit to encourage investment and infrastructure development.

“Ten years ago there were 150,000 Queenslanders working in tourism, under Labor this figure has fallen to just 118,000 people today.

“Labor just doesn’t care. It has never planned ahead — and only now on the eve of an election does it produce a discussion paper for industry input.

“The LNP’s plan not only addresses this disastrous lack of planning, but it’s adopted the National 2020 Growth Target, and will focus on growing overnight visitor expenditure in Queensland to $30 billion by 2020.”

“Pulling all the key elements of the policy together is the DestinationQ partnership which will be established in the first year of an LNP Government,” Ms Stuckey said.

“This partnership will bring together key ministers, departments, local governments, Tourism Queensland, RTOs and industry associations and operators in a forum to work together on achieving the National 2020 Growth Target.

“Rather than following the Bligh government strategy of slashing funding,  and claiming that meeting key growth targets is all too hard – under the LNP plan there will be increased Government support for tourism, improved decision making and marketing to help deliver real practical outcomes for the industry.

“The LNP says Queensland can be Australia’s premier tourism destination once again through good planning and encouraging the industry to grow and flourish.”