LNP tourism roadshow heads to Mackay/Whitsunday

12 Dec 2011 11:41 AMJann Stuckey

12 December 2011

THE LNP’s tourism strategy roadshow lands in Mackay today 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 Mackay to meet with locals and listen to their needs and concerns along with our local candidates John Kerslake and Jason Costigan,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Mackay is the first stop on the LNP Tourism Strategy roadshow. It’s a key hub for Central Queensland and the Whitsundays.

“Our second stop is Whitsundays and Airlie Beach on Tuesday. The Whitsundays is a key tourism destination that’s been in the doldrums and I’ll be catching up with award winning local tourism operators and listening to their needs with our local candidate for the seat of Whitsunday Jason Costigan.”

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.

“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,” she said.

“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.”