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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick
    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Qld health know-how and Chinese tourism focus for trade missions

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Qld health know-how and Chinese tourism focus for trade missions

    Showcasing Queensland’s health innovation know-how and inbound tourism from China will be the focus of Ministerial trade missions to India and China this week.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick was representing her on the ‘Australia Business Week in India’ trade mission; while Tourism Minister Kate Jones was attending a Tourism Minister’s meeting in China and holding talks with tourism industry officials. 

    “We know that there is a strong appetite amongst our trade partners in the Asia-Pacific for Queensland’s high-quality health and aged care products and services,” the Premier said. 

    “My Health Minister will this week explore opportunities to grow our health economy, looking for potential collaboration and investment in areas such as digital health and remote healthcare. 

    “The current Indian health care market is about US$100 billion and this is expected to reach US$280 billion by 2020, driven largely by digital adoption. 

    “In addition, our key strengths across digital health care will be of interest in a country looking toward developing and delivering an integrated health platform which incorporates e-health records. 

    “Queensland ‘s experience in delivering rural and remote healthcare is also a good fit with India’s need for remote health in their own rural communities.” 

    Mr Dick said the trade mission provides a platform to promote numerous digital innovations in health care in use across Queensland. 

    “Queensland Health’s innovative use of technology and the roll-out of our digital hospitals and telehealth services will be of interest when I speak with Indian government health care representatives, university leaders, business people and investors,” he said. 

    “At the beginning of August I hosted the inaugural Queensland Health Export and Investment Advisory Council meeting in Brisbane. 

    “The Council brought together government and private sector stakeholders to work towards growing health jobs in Queensland by attracting international investment and increasing the export of our world class products and services. 

    “I will also encourage Indian government and business leaders to visit Queensland for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in April so they can participate in the exciting program of trade and investment events in the lead up to and during the Games.”

    The Premier said Minister Jones’ visit to China provided opportunities to grow the State’s tourism industry and support future jobs.

    “Queensland’s $25 billion tourism industry supports 230,000 jobs and we want to see that grow,” the Premier said.

    “The Queensland industry has a lot to be optimistic about with tourism from China expected to triple to $3 billion by 2025.

    Minister Jones said it was an exciting time to be in Queensland tourism and she would use this week’s talks with Chinese tourism officials to keep delivering on the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to grow tourism.

    “We went to the election with a commitment to grow tourism and provide a funding guarantee,” Ms Jones said.

    "That is exactly what we have done with record numbers of Australian and international visitors coming to Queensland.

    “We remain committed to growing the tourism industry by encouraging new airline services into Queensland and by focusing on emerging tourism markets in Asia.

    “That’s why our government has committed $10 million to the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund to draw more international flights into Queensland.

    "Through our AAIF investment we have secured new international flights bringing 600,000 extra seats to Queensland and a $450 million boost to our economy.

    “To date, the fund has been used to secure more visitors between Kuala Lumpur and the Gold Coast, Shanghai and Cairns, Auckland and the Sunshine Coast, Singapore and Cairns, and Tokyo and Brisbane.”

    Minister Dick is travelling to India from 29 August to 1 September. Minister Jones is travelling to Beijing, China from 27 to 31 August.

     

    Media contacts:

    Premier’s office: Michelle Wellington 0437 323 834

    Minister Dick’s office: Catherine Palmer 0424 823 424

    Minister Jones’ office: Ellen McIntyre 0439 547 522