A huge boost to out­back tourism

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

A DIS­PLAY for Aus­tralia’s largest di­nosaur, a glass-floored bridge for vis­i­tors to en­joy the Cob­bold Gorge and up­mar­ket arte­sian baths at Ju­lia Creek are among 15 new out­back tourism projects an­nounced at the Queens­land Tourism Awards.

Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk an­nounced the suc­cess­ful projects to ben­e­fit from the gov­ern­ment’s

$10 mil­lion Out­back Tourism In­fra­struc­ture fund dur­ing her speech at the sell-out event.

“From Mt Isa to Ju­lia Creek, Dia­mantina Shire, Bar­cal­dine, Mara­noa and Cun­na­mulla, we’re in­vest­ing in projects that we know will lure more tourists to the Queens­land out­back,” she said.

“Tourism is vi­tal to the out­back’s fu­ture and this fund­ing will help en­sure we de­liver the in­fra­struc­ture needed to cre­ate more tourism jobs for the fu­ture.

“New at­trac­tions are crit­i­cal to en­sure we diver­sify the out­back econ­omy and help sus­tain com­mu­ni­ties, par­tic­u­larly through volatile weather events like drought.”

Tourism In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Kate Jones said the $10 mil­lion Out­back Tourism In­fra­struc­ture fund was part of the State Gov­ern­ment’s record $180 mil­lion in­vest­ment in Queens­land tourism.

“Tourism ac­counts for around 3700 jobs in this re­gion,” Ms Jones said.

“Over the last three years, in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tor ex­pen­di­ture in out­back Queens­land has grown by more than 11 per cent to $617.3 mil­lion.

“Out­back Queens­land has the po­ten­tial to be a global hotspot for in­ter­na­tional tourists.

“This fund­ing will see the right in­fra­struc­ture in place to pro­vide new and unique ex­pe­ri­ences for tourists to out­back Queens­land – one of our great­est points of dif­fer­ence over com­pet­ing des­ti­na­tions.”

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