Tourism investment neglected by Bligh and Labor

18 Jul 2011 9:56 AMJann Stuckey

18 July 2011

Labor’s failed tourism policy and a lack of real investment across Queensland was again under fire with falling tourist numbers to Brisbane, the State Opposition said today.

LNP Shadow Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey said Bligh and Labor were driving investors away with red tape and over-regulation.

“Brisbane’s diverse and sophisticated arts, culture and sporting character is not well suited by a sun, surf and sand branding,” said Ms Stuckey.

“We need to secure major annual events to draw people to Brisbane and keep them coming back.

“Without a reason to come to Brisbane, interstate visitors will look elsewhere.

“Visitor numbers have been down and we must capitalise on the recent surge in optimism to boost Brisbane’s attractiveness.

“In order to secure more visitation from international markets like China, India and the Middle East, Brisbane needs new products.

“This year’s budget of increased funding to major events needed to secure permanent events, not short-sighted quick fixes.

“Across Queensland, tourism is struggling and with Labor’s looming carbon tax set to drive up travel costs, urgent action was needed now.

“Only an LNP Government will work for all Queensland,” Mrs Stuckey said.

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919