Super RTO to drive Southern Queensland Country Tourism

17 Sep 2012 3:57 PMJann Stuckey

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey today launched a new ‘super-RTO’ (Regional Tourism Organisation) to steer tourism activities across south eastern Queensland.

Ms Stuckey said Southern Queensland Country Tourism would bring together Toowoomba Golden West and South Burnett Tourism with Southern Downs and Granite Belt Regional Tourism.

“The new body is a great outcome for the region and will cover an area roughly twice the size of Tasmania, taking in some of the state’s most exciting food and wine areas,” Ms Stuckey said.

“At the DestinationQ forum held in Cairns earlier this year we identified food and wine and drive tourism as key elements of the state’s tourism industry.

“Southern Queensland Country is perfectly positioned to make the most of these growing tourism markets.”

Through its Drive Strategy for Queensland the Newman Government is reinvigorating driving tourist routes, simplifying the installation of tourist signs and doing all it can to ensure the best possible experience for visitors.

Southern Queensland Country Tourism transitional board chair Associate Professor Jane Summers said with the support of local government, tourist organisations, industry, business and commerce the new RTO would provide renewed momentum.

“By bringing this group together we’re able to pool local talent and resources to deliver a big, bright and unashamedly bold new brand for tourism in Southern Queensland Country,” Ms Summers said.

“While it’s a big step for our community, it’s the right one.”

The Newman Government acknowledges the expertise and local knowledge of RTOs and the important role they play in helping get Queensland’s tourism industry back on track.

“We have increased funding to RTOs from $3.1 million to $7 million per year and I look forward to working with Southern Queensland Country to help us return Queensland to Australia’s number one tourism destination,” Ms Stuckey said.

Southern Queensland Country Tourism will start autonomous operation in October.

[ENDS] 30 August 2012