Avi­a­tion a key to our econ­omy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Ali­cia Nally

NEW data has re­in­forced the im­por­tance of in­ter­na­tional tourism to the Dou­glas Shire’s job­seek­ers.

Tourism Re­search Aus­tralia last week re­leased the 2016-17 Re­gional Tourism Satel­lite Ac­counts, break­ing down the con­tri­bu­tion of tourism to all in­di­vid­ual tourism re­gions in Aus­tralia.

Di­rect gross re­gional prod­uct (GRP) grew in eight of Queens­land’s 11 tourism re­gions, but fell 1.1 per cent in Trop­i­cal North Queens­land.

Tourism con­trib­uted 10.8 per cent to the re­gion’s GRP, how­ever.

The sec­tor also sup­ported 14.3 per cent of jobs in the re­gion and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors ac­counted for the largest por­tion of re­gional con­sump­tion at 37 per cent or $1.5 bil­lion.

Tourism Trop­i­cal North Queens­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Pip Close said tourism ex­pen­di­ture had grown with vis­i­tors spend­ing $3.2 bil­lion in 2017.

“Trop­i­cal North Queens­land is still on track to de­liver our tar­get of $3.5 bil­lion ex­pen­di­ture in 2020,” she said.

“Tourism’s con­tri­bu­tion to the econ­omy de­pends on di­rect avi­a­tion ac­cess to our re­gion.

“We are work­ing with Cairns Air­port and our part­ners to sup­port di­rect routes such as the China South­ern flights and at­tract new air­lines to Cairns.”

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

The Dou­glas Shire econ­omy is closely linked to tourism.

CEO of Tourism Trop­i­cal North Queens­land Pip Close.

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