State-wide tourism workshops developing a 20-year plan

20 May 2013 2:50 PMJann Stuckey

Friday, May 17, 2013

The long-term direction of Queensland’s tourism industry is under the spotlight at workshops across the state to discuss how the industry will be more competitive and successful over the next 20 years.

Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey said local tourism operators, regional tourism organisation leaders and council representatives are coming together in a series of workshops to help develop a 20-year plan for Queensland tourism.

Fourteen workshops are being delivered across Queensland up to June in partnership with regional tourism organisations and the Queensland Tourism Industry Council.

Regional workshops have already been held in Toowoomba and Gladstone, with a third being held today in Rockhampton.

Ms Stuckey said it was important to extensively consult with industry before a long-term plan is produced.

“Industry and government are working together to plan and secure the future of tourism in this State,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Over the past year, we have put in place a strong partnership with industry and set the course for the Newman Government to reach its goal to increase overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020.

“The outcomes of the workshops will give us a framework for a 20-year plan to be discussed at the annual DestinationQ forum at the Gold Coast on August 27 and 28.”

Chief Executive of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council Daniel Gschwind said the long term plan was an important document that needed input from the regional level.

“We know that Queensland has many destinations, with different needs, but we have a common desire to see tourism prosper well into the future,” Mr Gschwind said.

The Queensland Government has commissioned CSIRO to present new findings on the most important trends likely to shape the tourism industry for the next 20 years.

“The findings we have commissioned from CSIRO provide context for discussions about the future,” Ms Stuckey said.

“We want to hear how the industry will respond to the challenges that tourism faces.”

“I also invite all those interested in the future of tourism to go online at (external site) to read the commissioned CSIRO report and respond to a short survey on the likely impact of these trends; and our preparedness for them,” Ms Stuckey said.

“We also want to know what operators think are the most important things for industry to focus on to ensure success and competitiveness both locally and state-wide.”

[ENDS] May 17 2013