Queensland First tourism fund to create jobs

By Rob on January 2015

Major sporting events, blockbuster films, television shows and cultural events that create jobs and put Queensland on the international stage will be the focus of a re-elected Newman LNP Government’s Queensland First tourism fund.

Premier Campbell Newman said the LNP had been working hard to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy and had a strong plan to make Queensland the number one tourism destination in Australia.

“Three years ago, our Government inherited a tourism sector that was struggling through a lack of investment, with tired and stale branding and tourist numbers falling,” he said.

“Since coming to office, we’ve worked hard to get tourism back on track by cutting red tape, attracting more flights to Queensland, holding annual DestinationQ forums with industry and revamping domestic and international marketing efforts.

“We’ve also invested in attracting film production, bringing Unbroken, San Andreas and Modern Family to Queensland, with Disney’s new Pirates of the Caribbean movie being filmed here this year – injecting around $100 million into the state’s economy.

“While these initiatives are creating thousands of jobs and seeing tourism numbers increase, we know the job’s not done and we’re going to keep working hard to attract more major events and film productions to Queensland.”

Mr Newman said a re-elected LNP Government would build Queensland’s tourism, film and events industry through the creation of a $60 million Queensland First tourism fund.

“The Queensland First tourism fund will be used to attract major international sporting events, blockbuster films, television shows and major cultural events that put Queensland on the international stage, create jobs and deliver economic benefits to the state,” he said.

“This fund will supplement support for Tourism and Events Queensland, Screen Queensland and other promotion and marketing by government.

“It will be a competitive fund with the key criteria being potential for local jobs generation and economic growth for Queensland.

“It’s only now that the LNP has set the right financial foundations that we’re able to afford to create this new fund to build Queensland’s tourism, film and events industry.

“Only the LNP has a strong and stable team with a strong plan to create jobs by growing a four pillar economy.”

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