Call to sup­port lo­cal tourism af­ter dis­as­ters

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

QUEENS­LAN­DERS are be­ing urged to re­verse the trend of 2010 and sup­port the disas­ter-hit tourism sec­tor by hol­i­day­ing at home.

The lat­est sta­tis­tics from Tourism Re­search Aus­tralia show fewer Queens­lan­ders hol­i­dayed at home last year.

T o u r i s m Mi n i s t e r J a n Jar­rett said while travel within the state went up by 5 per cent and length of stay by 2 per cent, most of that was be­cause of busi­ness trips, not hol­i­days.

‘ ‘ W e h a v e k n o w n f o r months that our tourism in­dus­try has been do­ing it tough as a re­sult of high i n t e r e s t r a t e s a n d p o o r weather, but with so many a maz­ing d e a l s o n o f f e r , there’s no rea­son for lo­cals not to hol­i­day at home, ’’ Ms Jar­rett said.

The min­is­ter urged Queens­lan­ders to re­dis­cover their favourite child­hood hol­i­day spots, visit friends or ex­plore some­where in the state they hadn’t been be­fore.

One of the few bright spots was the Gold Coast where visi­tor ar­rivals in­creased by 10.5 per cent, from 9.9 mil­lion to 11 mil­lion in the year end­ing De­cem­ber 2010.

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