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Queensland tourism poised for vintage year

first_imgQueensland tourism poised for vintage yearQueensland tourism operators are predicting a vintage year for the state’s $23 billion tourism industry as established destinations, new attractions and the Australian dollar lure greater numbers of domestic and international travellers to the Sunshine State.The prediction comes as Queensland’s peak tourism body, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), celebrates its 15th birthday and reflects on the future of state’s second largest export.Today, the state’s tourism industry accounts for one-in-eight registered businesses and one-in-ten workers.QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind, who was also celebrating 15 years at the organisation’s helm, said Queensland’s tourism businesses had evolved into a diverse, dynamic and professional industry that was poised for further growth.“Queensland needs to be proud of its tourism achievements and of the 51,400 tourism operators stretching across the entire state from Coolangatta to the Cape,” he said.“They not only delight local and international visitors every day but play a significant role in protecting our natural environments, preserving our unique cultures and fostering future generations of Queenslanders,” he said.“Looking at the year ahead, all signs point to a very strong year for the Queensland industry, building on the global exposure received from the G20 Summit and leading up to the Commonwealth Games in 2018.”Mr Gschwind said QTIC was committed to championing the value tourism by working closely with tourism operators and governments.“As an industry we can never rest on our laurels and there will always be opportunities and challenges that we need to focus on. By working collaboratively we can ensure all Queenslanders directly or indirectly benefit from tourism,” he said.“Some of QTIC’s recent important projects include the Tourism Indigenous Employment Champions Network and highlighting the role tourism plays in monitoring and protecting the Great Barrier Reef.”“We would like to take this opportunity to show our sincere gratitude to the industry’s leaders, businesses and representatives for their support during the past 15 years. They have helped QTIC achieve its work on behalf of its members and the state of Queensland.”QTIC is the peak industry body for tourism in Queensland, acting as “The Voice of Tourism”. QTIC is a private sector, membership-based organisation representing the interests of the tourism and hospitality industry across Queensland. Queensland Tourism Industry CouncilSource = Queensland Tourism Industry Councillast_img

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