Newman Government delivers tourism budget boost

17 Sep 2012 4:07 PMJann Stuckey

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Newman Government has cemented a bright future for tourism in Queensland by providing increasing funding to the vital sector of the state’s economy.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the Government was determined to once again make Queensland Australia’s number one tourism destination.

“The Newman government recognises tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy. It is a major contributor to the Queensland economy,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Our goal is to double overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion per annum by 2020.”

“The Newman government has provided additional funding of $20 million in the 2012-13 State Budget to implement a Tourism Investment Strategy focusing on destination marketing.

“These funds will assist Tourism Queensland to support destination marketing and to deliver the DestinationQ 12-Month Key Action Plan.

“We have more than doubled the amount of funding available for regional tourism organisations from $3.1 million to $7 million per year in recognition of the valuable role they play.

“The Newman government has adopted a genuine whole of government approach to rebuilding tourism.”

Within the first 100 days, the Newman Government has:

·Set up the Tourism Cabinet Committee

·Delivered the DestinationQ forum in Cairns

·Committed $8 million over four years to an Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, and

·Established the Tourism Investment Attraction Unit

“This is another demonstration of the LNP’S commitment to improving tourism outcomes for Queensland. It is putting money back into the industry so it can grow and prosper,” Ms Stuckey said.

[ENDS] 11 September 2012