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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Cairns to host first ever Premier’s Connecting with Asia Forum

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Friday, July 29, 2016

    Cairns to host first ever Premier’s Connecting with Asia Forum

     

    Tourism industry leaders will join forces in Cairns next month to explore opportunities to grow tourism in regional Queensland.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Member for Barron River Craig Crawford this week announced the Premier’s Connecting with Asia Forum would be held in Cairns on Thursday 25 August.

    The Premier said up to 400 tourism industry leaders would join government ministers and key stakeholders in Cairns for the first ever Premier’s Connecting with Asia Forum.

    “We know the growing Asia middle class has the potential to drive significant growth in visitors to Queensland,” she said.

    “The Connecting with Asia Forum will bring industry and government together to identify opportunities to grow tourism from Asia.

    We are determined to grow Queensland's visitor economy to drive economic growth and jobs in the tourism sector.”

    Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said Cairns was the perfect location for the Premier’s Connecting with Asia Forum.

    “We have seen record growth in tourism in the Far North and this forum is a great opportunity for us,” Mr Crawford said.

    “Here in Tropical North Queensland, tourism supports 23,500 jobs and contributes more than $4.7 billion to our local economy.

    “That’s why it is so important for Cairns to host the Premier’s Connecting with Asia Forum to make the most of the opportunity to capitalise on growth from Asia, to create a better economy and more jobs for people in the Far North.”

    Tourism Minister Jones said the industry was primed to capitalise on the substantial growth of the Chinese middle class who have the means and desire to travel.

    “We need to do this through innovation and new ideas – growing an industry with the tools to deliver experiences and engage with the Asian market,” Ms Jones said.

    “The forum is set to look to the future – from creating innovative product, to enhancing digital connections and aviation access.

    “We know that working together like this will only strengthen Queensland’s tourism offering and deliver significant benefits for the industry and Queensland’s economy.”

    Registrations will open soon and individuals from across the Queensland tourism industry will be invited to nominate.

    The Premier’s Connecting with Asia Forum will be held at Cairns Convention Centre.