Queensland Government to invest USD136m to boost Queensland tourism, TTF comments

    Queensland Government announced (12-Jun-2018) plans to invest AUD180 million (USD136 million) to bring more flights to Queensland and deliver new tourism experiences. Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said with record numbers of visitors and higher visitor spend in Queensland, there was an opportunity to capitalise on this growth. “The time is right for the government, working with industry, to push into new tourism markets and invest in innovative tourism experiences to increase our market share and grow our AUD25 billion (USD19 billion) tourism industry”, she said. Ms Jones said the government’s record AUD180 million (USD136 million) tourism spend includes AUD48.6 million (USD36.8 million) Attracting Tourism Fund and the AUD46 million (USD34.8 million) Regional Tourism Infrastructure and Experience Development Program which incorporates AUD10 million (USD7.6 million) for Outback tourism infrastructure. [more – original PR]

    TTF Australia: Infrastructure budget to drive Queensland’s tourism and transport sectors

    Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) welcomed (12-Jun-2018) the “significant investment” by the Queensland Government in a number of big ticket infrastructure projects in its 2018/2019 Budget, which TTF believes will “help to transform the State’s transport and tourism sectors”. TTF CEO Margy Osmond stated: “The Government must be congratulated for its commitment to continued funding for Tourism and Events Queensland to attract more visitors through marketing, events and experience development and provide much needed certainty to the tourism sector at a time it needs it most”. Ms Osmond added: “The AUD48 million for the Attracting Tourism Fund to provide incentives to attract new international airline routes and cruise ships to Queensland is a big win…The AUD46 million Regional Tourism Infrastructure and Experience Development Program and Outback Tourism Infrastructure Fund to assist communities to grow tourism by developing new and improved tourism experiences or products great news for regional Queensland and will play a huge role in encouraging the millions of people who visit every year to explore every corner of this incredible State”. [more – original PR]