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Queensland domestic tourism expenditure gets boost worth almost $1 billion

Queensland’s tourism and hospitality industries received a boost worth almost $1 billion after data released today by Tourism Research Australia revealed $950 million extra had been spent by domestic travellers in the Sunshine State over the past year.

Speaking at Southbank TAFE to trainees getting ready for jobs in the tourism sector, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government’s focus on supporting jobs growth was reflected in the increased expenditure in tourism.

“We’ve always said we’d be a government that put job creation front and centre,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Seeing this increased expenditure by Australians who have chosen to travel to Queensland will support jobs like the roles these young people are training for today.

“Australian visitors spent $14.6 billion in Queensland in the past year.

“That’s an increase in expenditure of seven per cent on the previous year or almost $1 billion.

“Across holidaymakers, people visiting friends and family and business travellers, we saw 20 million visitors come to Queensland. 

“Our message that Queensland is a fantastic destination it is for all types of international and domestic travellers is clearly working and it’s important we continue to deliver that message.

“That’s why we’re investing in programs like the Queensland Asia Tourism Strategy to tap into big Asian markets as well as encouraging people to holiday at home right here in the Sunshine State.”

Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said the new data was great news for industry and thousands of tourism operators and tourism and hospitality jobs around the state.

“There were 35 million holiday nights spent in Queensland,” Ms Jones said.

“That’s an additional 11.4 per cent which equates to an extra $760 million as part of $6.6 billion in holiday spending alone.”

Ms Jones said holidaymakers accounted for most of the additional spend.

“This shows tourists are immersing themselves in Queensland’s unique holiday experiences,” she said.

“Our research tells us travellers are looking for unique, out of the ordinary experiences and we are lucky Queensland is filled with these opportunities.”

Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath said hospitality training in Queensland was leading the way, with a partnership between TAFE Queensland and the Echo Entertainment Group producing a steady stream of high end graduates to meet even growing demand.

“The Queensland Tourism Industry Council says by 2020, this state will need an extra 10,500 skilled workers in tourism and hospitality,” Mrs D’Ath said.

 “That demand will be driven by projects such as the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort, which will include five new hotels and 50 new bars, restaurants, and cafés, but also by projects in every part of this great state.

“The valuable input that industry has fed into the school’s training enables it to produce graduates that meet their requirements and fast tracks them into being offered employment.”

The TRA survey results are available here.