Call to support local tourism after disasters
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.