Tourism has solidified its position as a pillar of Queensland’s economy according to new data released today that shows the industry now employs nearly 220,000 people and generates more than $25 billion for the state.
Tourism Research Australia’s 2016-2017 data revealed more than 2 % growth in tourism employment and almost 4% growth in gross regional product state-wide.
Tourism Minister Kate Jones says she plans to work with operators to build new attractions and negotiating with airlines to secure more direct flights from key Asian tourism markets as a way forward.
Ms Jones said offering visitors new experiences in Queensland was an important part of growing the state’s tourism industry in the future.
Ms Jones said year-on-year growth was seen across the majority of Queensland, with the industry again providing a huge boost to regional Queensland.
“These figures show that tourism is worth $14.8 billion to regional Queensland and contributes nearly 9% of total gross regional product, employing an estimated 139,000 people.”