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Queensland tourism boosted by a billion

Queensland’s already fruitful tourism industry has received a huge boost after recent data released by Tourism Research Australia revealed increased spending in the sector over the last twelve months. Tourism has long been a great source of revenue and income for the state, but according to this new data it has reached new heights.

This new information shows that the hospitality industry, as well as the tourism one, received an incremental boost of nearly $1 billion. It revealed that an additional $950 million extra had been spent by domestic travellers in the Sunshine State.

An incredible increase in domestic spend

When speaking at Southbank TAFE to trainees preparing for jobs in the tourism sector, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that the development of the industry and the subsequent expenditure is a result of the Government’s focus on supporting jobs growth.

“We’ve always said we’d be a government that put job creation front and centre. Seeing this increased expenditure by Australians who have chosen to travel to Queensland will support jobs like the roles these young people are training for today,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The year ending 2016 saw record results for domestic travel within Australia. Broken down into overnight and day trips:

  • Domestic overnight trips – saw an increase of 7 per cent at 88.9 million. Spending also rose 6 per cent to $59 billion.
  • Day trips – increased, going up 11 per cent to reach what is also a record high of 187 million taken. The spend on day trips increased 7 per cent to a record $19.6 billion.

In Queensland alone, overnight trips and regional expenditure went up significantly over the last twelve months. The number of visitors rose 6 per cent to 20.2 million, while the spend increased 7 per cent to hit $14.6 billion.

Upcoming events will potentially see further increase in job opportunities

There couldn’t be a better time to look for work in the tourism and hospitality industries in Queensland. In a separate announcement, Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones revealed that there will be funding made available for 14 upcoming events to be held in the state.

Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) will support the 14 events through $252,000 in funding. According to Ms Jones, since its launch in May 2015, TEQ’s destination events funding program had provided support for 91 events State-wide.

“TEQ’s Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP) is an important element of the Government’s investment in the tourism industry. Following the latest round of grants, we have now invested more than $3.7 million in events throughout Queensland,” she said.

Here is a breakdown of the upcoming event supported by the QDEP:

Event Destination Date Funding Support
The Planting Brisbane 28-30 April 2017 $24,000
Straddie Salute Triathlon Festival Brisbane 19-21 May 2017 $24,000
Gatton Heavy Horse & Heritage Festival Field Days 40th Anniversary Brisbane 29 April-1 May 2017 $10,000
Golden Mount Festival Capricorn 27 April-1 May 2017 $10,000
Relish Food & Wine Festival Fraser Coast 3 June 2017 $15,000
Gold Coast Film Festival Gold Coast 20-30 April 2017 $40,000
Surfers Paradise LIVE Gold Coast 28 April-1 May 2017 $10,000
Burleigh Pro Gold Coast 25-28 January 2018 $20,000
Easter In The Country Roma (EITC) Outback 13-17 April 2017 $20,000
Outback Festival Outback 19-23 September 2017 $24,000
Easter Vintage Festival Southern Qld Country 15 – 17 April 2017 $10,000
First Coat Festival Southern Qld Country 19 – 21 May 2017 $10,000
Opera in Jimbour Southern Qld Country 22 July 2017 $20,000
Feast of the Senses Tropical North Queensland 24-28 March 2017 $15,000

The tourism industry has always been and will continue to be a burgeoning one in the Sunshine State. The coming months and years will offer fantastic scope, variety and opportunities for people looking for job opportunities in the sector.

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