Queensland tourism open for business

31 Jan 2013 11:26 AMJann Stuckey

Queensland is open for business!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The bulk of Queensland’s iconic tourist destinations are open for business and keen to welcome the world despite flooding which occurred in some parts of the state.

That was the message from Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey today during a visit to the Mackay and Whitsunday regions to hear from tourism operators how they had recovered from the recent heavy rains.

“Operators across the state are telling me they have had their best quarter, between September and December, 2012, for several years,” Ms Stuckey said.

“My message to anyone contemplating a holiday in Queensland is to go ahead and do it because Queensland tourism is still well and truly open for business.

“Some tourism operators in places like Capricornia, Bundaberg and the Lockyer Valley have been more affected than others by the past week, and we are working with them and our Regional Tourist Organisations to help them recover as quickly as possible.

“For other premier tourist destinations from the Gold Coast to Tropical North Queensland and in the Outback, it’s business as usual.”

Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan welcomed the Minister’s decision to make the Whitsundays the first stop on her visit to key tourism locations following the recent big wet.

“The Whitsundays is the jewel in Queensland’s tourism crown, and has always been a wonderful drawcard for individuals, couples and families,” Mr Costigan said.

“The welcome mat is certainly out.”

Ms Stuckey said the Newman Government’s commitment to tourism as one of the four pillars of our economy and subsequent budget funding has renewed confidence within the industry.

“I encourage anyone who was planning a holiday to come to Queensland,” she said.

“The best thing we can all do this summer to assist the state’s tourism and small business sectors is to get behind them by supporting Queensland’s tourism industry.”

[ENDS]  31 January 2013