Whit­sun­days not a next Desti­na­tionQ

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY MP Jason Costi­gan is fum­ing at the news ma­jor tourism in­dus­try fo­rum Desti­na­tionQ is head­ing to Townsville this year.

The mem­ber for Whit­sun­day had been cam­paign­ing to bring the con­fer­ence – in­volv­ing more than 400 del­e­gates – to the Whit­sun­days in 2015, but it seems the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment had other ideas.

“Last time I checked, Townsville was a city of many at­tributes, but as a tourism draw­card, I’m sure even the new­est ar­rivals in Queens­land would have worked out that the Whit­sun­days and Townsville, when it comes to tourism, is chalk and cheese,” Mr Costi­gan said.

“There was talk that La­bor would wipe Desti­na­tionQ al­to­gether and while I am pleased to see they have kept it go­ing... it’s piss-poor that the most tourism-de­pen­dent re­gion on the eastern seaboard has been snubbed by the min­is­ter, who seem­ingly still doesn’t know where Air­lie Beach is.”

Mr Costi­gan said with three La­bor-held seats in Townsville, he felt pol­i­tics had in­flu­enced the de­ci­sion to hold Desti­na­tionQ there.

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