Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

I am urg­ing all Aus­tralians to get be­hind Queens­land’s tourism in­dus­try fol­low­ing ex-Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie, by shar­ing their best #thi­sisqueens­land hol­i­day mem­o­ries.

There’s no ques­tion Cy­clone Deb­bie left her mark in Queens­land, but we know our tourism in­dus­try is in­cred­i­bly re­silient when it comes to re­spond­ing to events like this.

It’s been a re­ally tough week, but we’re built tough in Queens­land and we will bounce back.

Just like we did af­ter Cy­clone Yasi, Cy­clone Mar­cia and the 2011 floods, we will sup­port our com­mu­ni­ties and our tourism in­dus­try to re­build.

We’re al­ready work­ing hard to sup­port tourism op­er­a­tors to get back to busi­ness as quickly as pos­si­ble.

Tourism and Events Queens­land, in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the Re­gional Tourism Oper­a­tor net­work have come to­gether to plan for the in­dus­try re­cov­ery process.

In the com­ing weeks and months we will roll out a tar­geted mar­ket­ing cam­paign, in part­ner­ship with Tourism Aus­tralia, to en­cour­age every­one to con­sider a Queens­land hol­i­day.

To kick off the re­cov­ery ef­forts, I en­cour­age trav­ellers to share their favourite Queens­land hol­i­day pho­tos on so­cial me­dia with #thi­sisqueens­land.

Queens­land’s tourism in­dus­try is in­cred­i­bly re­silient, but we need peo­ple to con­tinue to sup­port the in­dus­try now and into the fu­ture.

Let’s all share our favourite hol­i­day snaps on In­sta­gram, Face­book and twit­ter to get the ball rolling.

We want to send a very clear mes­sage that Queens­land is still the best place in Aus­tralia to come for hol­i­days.

Al­though many com­mu­ni­ties have been af­fected by the cy­clone and floods, Queens­land is still open for busi­ness.

Kate Jones, Min­is­ter for Tourism, Qld Gov­ern­ment

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