Qld Gov commits $94.6m to grow tourism
The news has been welcomed by industry groups. Restaurant & Catering Australia CEO Juliana Payne said it was a significant funding commitment to tourism infrastructure projects and marketing activities.
“The critical importance of tourism and major events to the Queensland economy and the state’s employment outcomes cannot be understated,” she said. “Proper investment in tourism marketing and major events is needed to attract tourists from both domestic and overseas sources to reap the full economic and employment benefits of tourism and hospitality.”
Tourism & Transport Forum Australia chief executive Margy Osmond also welcomed the Budget news.
“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,” Osmond said.
“Over its past few Budgets, the Palaszczuk Government has recognised that the tourism sector has the potential to become the most effective and sustainable way to diversify beyond the resources economy, and that has continued with the $94 million in funding over five years to progress a range of programs under the Growing Tourism, Growing Tourism Jobs initiative.
“The $48 million for the Attracting Tourism Fund to provide incentives to attract new international airline routes and cruise ships to Queensland is a big win, particularly in the wake of last week’s announcement a new international cruise terminal will be operating in Brisbane within two years after Port of Brisbane and Carnival Australia reached a commercial agreement.
“The $46 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.
“Over the past decade Queensland has emerged as one of Australia’s most vibrant culture, heritage and the arts destinations, and the $125 million commitment for a new state-of-the-art theatre to be built at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane will continue Brisbane’s cultural renaissance.”