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State Budget delivers continued support for Queensland’s tourism industry

13 June 2017

The 2017-18 State Budget delivers ongoing funding to continue to grow Queensland’s tourism industry.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones said this year’s Budget would help boost airline connections to Asia, promote destinations and foster talent for the industry’s future workforce.

“We know tourism has the potential to support thousands more jobs in Queensland,” Ms Jones said.

“That’s why we are providing an extra $47 million in 2000-21 to extend our $400 million four-year funding guarantee to provide Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) with the funding certainty they need to grow visitation to Queensland.

“We are standing by our commitment as well as rolling out our four-year $33.5 million Advance Queensland: Connecting with Asia strategy.

“The Palaszczuk Government has also moved quickly to provide funding for Tropical Cyclone Debbie recovery efforts, with more than $9 million for the tourism industry and small businesses.

“This funding package includes marketing and a range of targeted initiatives to help tourism operators and small business rebuild.”

Ms Jones said the Palaszczuk Government’s decision to provide Tourism and Events Queensland with funding security had helped secure major events to Queensland.

“This year Queensland will be hosting the Rugby League World Cup with three games played in Townsville as well as the semi-final and final in Brisbane,” she said.

“We’ve secured the much-anticipated Horn v. Pacquiao world title fight at Suncorp Stadium.”

Ms Jones said ongoing funding to connect with new Asian cities and develop new domestic routes would deliver more tourism jobs.

“Under the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund we delivered an extra 436,000 seats on air routes into the state and secured two new international air routes as well as a new domestic route,” she said.

Ms Jones said the state’s Advancing Tourism: 2016-20 Growing Queensland Jobs initiative was also reaping dividends with a $14 billion tourism infrastructure pipeline of private investment set to deliver new hotels and resorts, airport upgrades and new tourist attractions across the state.

“As part of this plan we are looking to the future with funding of $300,000 for the Young Tourism Leaders program over three years which is showcasing the endless opportunities that can come from a career in the tourism industry,” she said.

“Over the next three years there is expected to be 20,000 new jobs created in the tourism industry here in Queensland so we need to ensure we have enough skilled people keen to fill those roles.”