No aviation policy for Queensland tourism

15 Jul 2011 1:46 PMJann Stuckey

15 July 2011

LABOR has been caught out relying on a totally out of date aviation policy for the state’s key tourism industry, it was revealed during Estimates today.

LNP Shadow Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey said Minister Jarratt had dropped the ball.

“Minister Jarratt is 100 per cent behind Labor’s new carbon tax that will smash Queensland’s struggling tourism industry by forcing up prices,” Ms Stuckey said.

“She’s 100 per cent behind Labor’s carbon tax and doesn’t believe tourism needs a current aviation policy.

“There’s no forward planning under Minister Jarratt. Her aviation plan is based on a document so out of date it featured images of ‘Freedom Air’ – an airline that ceased operations in 2008.

“There’s not a word in the policy on the impact on aviation from Labor’s carbon tax.

“It’s a real pity Minister Jarratt chooses to ignore the very concerning comments on the impact of Labor’s carbon tax on holiday airfares in Queensland.

“She’s got nothing to say about the comments from Virgin Airlines and from Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s Daniel Gschwind – who’s on record stating inbound international tourism is going to be hit for six because Queensland products and services are going to become more expensive and international flights and holidays cheaper relative to domestic flights and holiday packages.”

Ms Stuckey said Jan Jarratt had become a joke in the tourism industry.

“Tourism is a cornerstone industry for Queensland. There’s no excuse for the Minister to have an outdated aviation policy, especially one that takes no account of the impact of Labor’s carbon tax.

“The CanDo LNP team will support tourism by cutting waste and properly planning and delivering programs to support all our key industries.”