Aviation a key to our economy
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.”
The Douglas Shire economy is closely linked to tourism.
CEO of Tourism Tropical North Queensland Pip Close.