New infrastructure helps Qld tourism businesses shine
New public infrastructure, such as roads and air services, delivered growth to almost one-in-four top Queensland tourism businesses during the past 12 months, new research has found.
The survey of this year’s entrants in the Queensland Tourism Awards found road upgrades, additional flight services, new events and even a new hospital helped top operators grow their business during the past year.
Highlighting the buoyant industry conditions, the research also found that these businesses grew by an average of 36% during the past 12 months. Furthermore, almost 80% of operators developed new products and services, 60% expanded into new markets, and 81% employed additional staff.
QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said the results highlighted how critical new public infrastructure was to growing the state’s second biggest export earner.
“While the industry is enjoying very favourable conditions at the moment, it’s no coincidence that many businesses attributed part of their recent growth to the delivery of new public infrastructure in their region,” he said.
“Queensland is a beautiful state, but also a very big state, so quality infrastructure, such as roads and public transport, is needed to facilitate visitor access and easy connection to regional destinations. It’s crucial in regional areas to ensure these communities also feel the benefit of tourism.
“We encourage all levels of government to continue to invest in infrastructure that not only benefits local residents, but our tourism industry which generates income and jobs.”
Queensland Airports Limited Chief Executive Officer Chris Mills said more than eight million passengers passed through its airports at Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach during FY16, up 7.5% on the previous year.
“Airports are critical pieces of infrastructure which underpin the Queensland tourism industry. At our Gold Coast and Townsville airports in particular, we’ve seen airlines establish new services, making it easier than ever for tourists to enjoy what Queensland has to offer,” he said.
“Importantly we have upgrades to our airports planned, including a significant expansion of Gold Coast airport, because our shareholders understand the importance of infrastructure investment for continued growth.”
The Queensland Tourism Awards, hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and presented by Queensland Airports Limited in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland and supporting partner Tourism Australia, will be held on Friday 11 November 2016. This year, approximately 160 top Queensland tourism businesses from Cape York to Coolangatta will vie for 28 awards.
Source = Queensland Tourism Industry Council