Although expecting recent initiatives to have a positive effect on Queenslands tourism, Australian Tourism Export Councils (ATEC) head said further budget commitments were also needed to support the industry.
In response to the recently launched Contract with Queensland plan unveiled by the Liberal National Party earlier this month, ATEC managing director Felicia Mariani said the initiative would encourage greater investment and development however, a budget commitment would further assist Queenslands tourism sector.
“These measures are excellent initiatives, but ATEC would like to see a budget commitment that will be made available specifically to the tourism industry in QLD to support their access to this funding and secure their voice in the development of future investment and infrastructure projects.” Ms Mariani said.
Ms Mariani explained that with a tourism industry which currently employs more people than agriculture, fishing, mining and forestry combined, Government funding and commitment is vital.
“With 46 cents in every dollar spent on tourism in Australia spent in regional areas, there must be some commitment from Government to ensure an amount of this funding is quarantined for tourism projects in regional areas of Queensland,” Ms Mariani said.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P