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Droves of students set for an outback excursion

18 October 2013

Swags of Queensland students will be encouraged to take an excursion to experience Australia’s most authentic classroom in Outback Queensland as part of a new Tourism and Events Queensland marketing campaign, launched this week.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the campaign supported the Outback Education Tour Subsidy Scheme, designed to steer students to travel to Outback Queensland.

“Outback Queensland offers a wealth of educational opportunities for young Queenslanders with these excursions also supporting the local tourism industry,” Ms Stuckey said.

“An excursion to the Outback is an authentic educational experience where students learn first-hand the history of Queensland from dinosaur discoveries, to our pioneering spirit and the icons that shaped Australia.

“The school trips also provide a real boost for tourism operators with students staying in local accommodation and visiting a range of attractions.

“One of the first things the Newman Government did when forming government was expand the eligibility criteria for the scheme to ensure that greater number of students were able to enjoy the beauty of the Outback.”

The scheme provides a subsidy of up to $130 per student towards the cost of their Outback trip, and has supported more than 1000 students to travel west.

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the Outback Education Tour Subsidy Scheme was a fantastic initiative that gave students the opportunity to expand their understanding of Queensland’s history.

“The Queensland outback has a rich heritage and there is no doubt that this scheme has the capacity to enhance the education experience of our students,” Mr Langbroek said.

“I’m proud to support this fantastic initiative and encourage all Queensland schools to apply.”

Outback Queensland Tourism Association General Manager Lloyd Mills said the Outback Education campaign would feature in print and online from now until March 2014.

“As schools map out their plans for the year ahead we want to make sure a trip to Outback Queensland is on the books for more classes across the State,” Mr Mills said.

“Working in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland, our aim is to highlight the educational lessons operators are able to share with students which bring to life the legends of Australia’s heritage.”

Minister Stuckey said tourism was one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy and the Outback Education Tour Subsidy Scheme supported the Government’s goal to double annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.

The Outback Education Tour Subsidy Scheme is a joint initiative of Tourism and Events Queensland, the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Outback Queensland Tourism Association and the Department of Education, Training and Employment.

For more information about the subsidy including suggested excursion itineraries, maps and rates visit – www.outbackeducation.com.au

[END] 17 October 2013

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