Op­po­si­tion blasts govt on flights

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THE Queens­land LNP has at­tacked the State Gov­ern­ment over in­ter­na­tional flights to Brisbane, say­ing re­gional Queens­land missed out.

The op­po­si­tion said the gov­ern­ment trum­peted China flights into Brisbane but con­tin­ues to ig­nore Queens­land’s re­gional tourism in­dus­try.

“Cairns is still try­ing to re­cover from the loss of di­rect flights from China in Jan­uary this year and just last week Jet­star can­celled flights from Bali into Townsville,” LNP shadow tourism min­is­ter Jon Krause said.

“In the past year in­ter­na­tional visi­tor ex­pen­di­ture in cen­tral Queens­land fell by over $20 mil­lion, by $4 mil­lion in Cairns and by $2 mil­lion on the Fraser Coast – even the Gold Coast suf­fered a $56 mil­lion drop in visi­tor spend­ing in the past year.

“With youth un­em­ploy­ment at more than 20% in many re­gional ar­eas of the state, Queens­lan­ders de­serve bet­ter than an­other four years of La­bor’s ne­glect of our re­gions.

“We need a gov­ern­ment with a clear plan for our tourism sec­tor.”

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