Labor to pump $30m to lure tourists to regional Qld
THE Queensland Government will invest more than $30 million aimed at increasing international tourism into regional Queensland.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the tourism funding as part of a suite of Advance Queensland initiatives to be revealed in Tuesday's Budget.
Ms Palaszczuk announced $405 million would be spent as a "budget centrepiece" that would diversify the economy.
The funding includes $33.5 million to connect regional Queensland with Asia.
"This initiative will increase visitation rates by attracting more airline routes to Queensland from our Asian neighbours," she said.
"But this package is not just about new flights - it will focus heavily on innovation in our tourism sector, especially through expanding the industry's digital capability."
Ms Palaszczuk said the budget would place an emphasis on regional Queensland including $20 million to fund a biofuels industry and $6 million for "innovation hubs" in regional areas.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt said Tuesday's budget would include a significant focus on regional Queensland, especially in areas struggling to recover from the end of the mining boom.
"Regional Queensland has pressures; we are transitioning away from a once-in-a-lifetime construction boom in the resources sector and that has pressures on communities," Mr Pitt said.
"We realise there are pressure points in the economy - that is why we are making a deliberate focus in this budget to be on regional Queensland. We make no apologies for that," he said.
Mr Pitt said the government wanted to see new technologies adopted in regional Queensland's traditional industries, including agriculture and tourism.
"Our market-led proposal is something we want to make sure has greater pick-up in the regions. But we will be deliberately investing, innovating and of course building infrastructure in regional Queensland. Those are the things that people should expect to see in tomorrow's budget."
The budget will be handed down on Tuesday.
- ARM NEWSDESK