2016-17 Queensland Budget delivers strong tourism investment
Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), the state’s peak industry body, has welcomed strong investment for tourism in the 2016-17 Queensland Budget and the commitment to Queensland’s tourism industry across multiple ministerial portfolios.
QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said tourism is among the world’s fasting growing industries, and with the resource sector coming out of its investment boom, Queensland needs to focus more on the services sector, including tourism, which is forecast to provide significant growth and employment opportunities.
“The Palaszczuk Government has shown an encouraging commitment to the Queensland tourism industry through increased funding across multiple portfolios,” Mr Gschwind said.
“The Queensland tourism industry contributed $23 billion or 7.6 percent to the total Gross State Product, and generated $5.8 billion in exports in the year ending June 2015, making it the state’s second largest export earner.”
Particularly welcomed is the $33.5 million to grow tourism and attract Asian markets by securing more international air routes, building stronger relationships with targeted Asian cities, growing awareness of Queensland experiences, creating new innovative tourism products, and building the digital capability of Queensland tourism businesses.
“This much-needed injection of industry development funds will better position Queensland to maximise its competitive advantages as leading tourism destination and gain a greater share of the growing international travel markets out of Asia.”
2016-17 Queensland Budget highlights for tourism include:
- $33.5 million to grow tourism and attract Asian markets over three years
- Extending funding certainty for Tourism and Events Queensland by two years - $50 million over two years
- Additional $41.8 million investment in Queensland’s arts sector over the next four years to generate regional arts activity and cultural tourism opportunities
- Tourism Infrastructure investments:
- Townsville Sports Stadium ($140 million)
- Mon Repos Turtle Centre redevelopment, Bundaberg ($10 million)
- Improving tourism and recreation use of the Great Barrier Reef ($2.4 million)
- New Mackay Visitor Information Centre ($1.3 million)
- Mt Inkerman Nature Tourism Development ($541,000)
- $20.02 billion over four years (record funding) for road and transport projects under the Queensland Transport & Road Investment Program
- $10 million for Transport and Tourism Connections program
- $15 million investment to further improve mobile coverage in Queensland
- Increased funding of $15.2 million over four years for wildlife management and conservation activities
- $100 million commitment for Great Barrier Reef water quality improvement programs
- $12 million initiative to help coastal councils defend their communities from the impacts of climate change through the QCoast2100 program
- $35.9 million over four years to establish and manage areas included in the expansion of the State’s protected area estate
- $60 million funding for the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.
Tourism contributes $23 billion in expenditure to the Queensland economy and employs more than 230,000 people.
QTIC is the peak industry body for tourism in Queensland, acting as “The Voice of Tourism”. QTIC is a private sector, membership-based organisation which, since 2001, has worked to influence and shape the state’s tourism business environment.
* View further details about key announcements for Queensland's tourism industry: 2016 Queensland Budget: Key announcements for Tourism Industry Fact Sheet
Daniel Gschwind, Chief Executive, (07) 3236 1445 / 0419 219 795 / Daniel.Gschwind@qtic.com.au
Joanna Atzori, Communications Manager, (07) 3236 1445 / 0403 730 909 / Joanna.Atzori@qtic.com.au