New tourism strategy
THE woman who would be the next tourism minister if the LNP wins the upcoming state election made a flying visit to Port Douglas yesterday to meet with local small businesses.
Jann Stuckey and LNP candidate for Cook David Kempton walked Macrossan St talking to small businesses before catching up with around 20 tourism operators at the Sea Temple.
The visit was to introduce the LNP’S tourism strategy “to return Queensland’s tourism industry to number one” and get some feedback on small business concerns. Ms Stuckey has promised the tourism industry will get a “hand up not a handout” by helping the industry help itself - although the LNP is yet to commit more funding for the ailing tourism industry if it wins office.
“We need proper reports and funding linked to destination level visitor surveys to inform government and industry,” she said. Ms Stuckey said as part of the LNP’S strategy, tourism would become one of the four pillars of Queensland’s economy.
Peninsula Boutique Hotel owner Sheryn Blundstone told Ms Stuckey she wants a commitment to restructure tourism and focus north of Cairns as well as proper reporting mechanisms.
“Also we need support on a state basis from them to lobby effectively at a federal level, make us viable and competitive as a region compared to other capital cities and international destinations,” she said.
Mr Kempton promised to target several issues in the Douglas region.
“The first thing that needs to be done is the entrance to Port Douglas, there is a traffic issue and we need a gateway and that will be a priority,” he said.
“We need to focus on funding, marketing, infrastructure and tourism’s numbers,” he said.
He also promised to revisit the Port Douglas cyclone shelter location and configuration “if construction is not past the point of no return”.
“The LNP will bring it back to community consultation, so we can all get something out of it,” he said.
Hitting the streets: Port Douglas Chamber of Commerce’s Doug Calvert and the LNP’S Jann Stuckey and David Kempton