Tourism is a $23 billion industry for Queensland. It directly and indirectly employs 220,000 Queenslanders and generates $55.3 million a day in overnight visitor expenditure. With a total of 52,200 tourism-related businesses working hard across the state, no other sector of the economy has more small businesses. Sixty-one per cent of these are located in regional areas. The Palaszczuk Government is determined to see tourism thrive and will continue to attract and secure major events that grow the Queensland economy and support jobs.
The 2017-18 Queensland Budget commits an additional $47 million in 2020-21 to continue to deliver the $100 million per annum funding guarantee for Tourism and Events Queensland.
Attracting Aviation Investment Fund
Growth in tourism is being supported by the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, designed to open up new aviation routes and tourism expenditure between Asian growth markets and Queensland’s international-ready destinations. The Fund has already attracted new services or extra flights from several destinations to the Gold Coast, Cairns and Brisbane.