Whitsundays not a next DestinationQ
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.