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Drive tourism boosted in Queensland

27 November 2013

Queensland’s drive tourism market will be further boosted after plans were announced to overhaul camping guidelines in the state.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said a new Camping Guideline would be developed after more than 260 industry representatives participated in workshops focused on how to make camping an even more attractive tourism experience.

“There is no doubt that Queensland relies on the drive tourism market. As we progress towards 2020 we need to have a full range of quality accommodation options available to visitors,” Ms Stuckey said.

“A balanced approach to camping options is not a new issue faced by the tourism industry, but once again the Newman Government is showing it’s a CanDo government and is getting on with the job.

“Tourism suffered at the neglect of Labor, but under the Newman Government, initiatives such as this will continue to drive this industry’s revival.

“I am pleased with the strong response to our workshops, particularly the local councils that have shown keen interest in ways to broaden camping and caravanning options for travellers.”

The Minister said the Camping Guideline would provide a number of best practice models for councils to consider as part of their approach to managing camping in their regions. The guideline is a key outcome of the Queensland Drive Tourism Strategy.

“The workshops discussed the need to create a level playing field for commercial operators and reduce unnecessary red tape,” she said.

“Other issues raised included illegal camping in roadside rest areas, greater enforcement of local camping laws and the need for stronger engagement with stakeholders in making decisions about camping policy.

“The final Guideline is expected to be ready by March next year, following further consultation, particularly with local governments.

“I am confident this approach will ensure a bright future for drive tourism and camping in our state.”

The project is being overseen by the Camping Options Reference Group which includes representation from state government agencies, regional tourism organisations, industry and consumer associations, the Local Government Association of Queensland and six local governments from diverse regions across Queensland.

[END] 27 November 2013

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