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Business boost for Queensland's tourism industry

Queensland welcomed almost 900,000 more Australian visitors in the year to March 2015, boosted by a surge in business-related travel according to new figures released today.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones, said Tourism Research Australia’s latest National Visitor Survey revealed 18.6 million Australians stayed 79 million nights and spent $13.8 billion in Queensland in the year to March, increases of five, seven and two per cent respectively.

“The number of Australians travelling to Queensland for business buoyed the industry, increasing trips 26 per cent to 4.2 million,” Minister Jones said.  

“Queenslanders increased travel within the state six per cent to 13.2 million.

“Interstate visitors also increased trips two per cent to 5.4 million with the majority from New South Wales and almost a third from Victoria.

“The Palaszczuk Government is determined to grow tourism in our state because we know it supports more than 200,000 Queensland jobs.

“This data demonstrates that more work needs to be done to grow Queensland’s share of domestic holiday travel.

“The former LNP government’s Budget figures reveal they had cut the tourism budget in half, today’s data confirms now is not the time to cut tourism funding.

"TEQ and our Regional Tourism Operators have been working to build the sector but they also need support and certainty to grow. Now is not the time to cut their funding.

“During the election campaign we committed to boosting tourism funding and I will continue to lobby my Cabinet colleagues to support the tourism industry but we are now faced with a major challenge as we approach the Budget.”

More information about Tourism Research Australia’s National Visitor Survey for the year ended March 2015 is available at www.teq.queensland.com.