Noosa shines in the international spotlight

5 Jun 2012 2:22 PMJann Stuckey

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Newman Government says tourism operators from across the Sunshine Coast will significantly benefit from this weekend’s four day Noosa International Food and Wine Festival.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey says more than 26, 000 visitors from around Australia and overseas are expected to attend the event, which is celebrating its 9th year.

“This international fine food celebration showcases restaurants and producers from across the Sunshine Coast, and attracts many of Australia’s best restaurants and wine makers, Ms Stuckey said.

“Queensland is proud to be home to this important event which boasts more contributors than any other food festival in Australia.

“More than 200 chefs, winemakers and producers will join the huge number of visitors, which is proof of the festival’s importance.

“World class entertainment will also take centre stage, including Sneaky Sound System, Anthony Callea and Audio Vixen.

“The Noosa event, like many others across the state, highlights and celebrates the very best that Queensland has to offer.

“Tourism is one of the Newman Government’s four economic pillars, and we are working hard every day, in every way, to grow the industry.

“Our aim is to double overnight visitor expenditure by 2020 and create more jobs and opportunities for Queensland.

“Events like the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival will help us achieve these goals and lift Queensland’s profile in the international market.”