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Government promises tourism industry AU$50 million

Queensland's premier, Anna Bligh, has announced the Labour Party will provide the state's tourism industry with AU$50 million (£34 million) in order to refresh the area's appeal as it struggles to recover from natural disasters and a struggling global economy.
05 March 2012
Ms Bligh, who announced the plan at the Skyrail cableway over the Kuranda Rainforest, said the money would be provided over three years and will be used to build new public attractions and attract more international visitors to the region.

Attracting Chinese visitors is a particular priority for Australian tourism with AU$400 million (£270 million) from Chinese visitors contributing to the Queensland industry alone last year.

"For tourism to grow, we need to be going and working in new markets," said Ms Bligh.

"We know as china industrialises, as more and more people in China have disposable income to start to come out and see the world that they will be looking to see what there is to see in Australia."

Ms Bligh explained that AU$10 million (£7 million) will be provided to airports in order to attract more international flights while AU$20 million (£14 million) will be used to build new attractions such as lagoons and boardwalks.

The money is part of the governing Labor Party's plans to increase tourism expenditure by the end of the decade.

"We want Queensland to become China's premier market in Australia."

If you want to take advantage of new attractions in Queensland, unless you have an Australian or New Zealand passport you'll need an Australian Travel Visa. The most popular of these is the ETA Visa, because it can be easily and quickly applied for online.