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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Tuesday, February 02, 2010

    PREMIER BLIGH OFFERS QUEENSLAND HOSPITALITY TO OBAMA

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Tuesday, February 02, 2010

    PREMIER BLIGH OFFERS QUEENSLAND HOSPITALITY TO OBAMA

    Premier Bligh has again offered Queensland hospitality to President Obama after the US leader announced his intention to visit Australia next month.

    Ms Bligh has written to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today, after she wrote to President Obama during her recent Trade Mission in the United States.

    “Today I wrote to Kevin Rudd asking that he include Queensland on his program when the President comes to Australia,” said the Premier.

    “I’ve already written to Obama, along with Best Job in The World winner Ben Southall when I was in the United States.

    “The President is a busy man but tourism has taken a real beating in Queensland during the Global Financial Crisis and I will be doing everything I can to encourage him to come here.

    “It’s a long shot but lets be frank, what’s a visit to Australia without a visit to Queensland?”

    Ms Bligh said 222,000 Queenslanders owed their living to the tourism industry, which was the state’s third largest export earner behind only coal and non-ferrous metals.

    “I took time during my recent trade Mission to the US to do some promotional work with Ben Southall because I want to ensure that Queensland is centre stage in the US

    “This market is such an important international source market for visitors.

    “In the year ended September 2009, US visitors spent $282 million on their trips to Queensland. That’s four percent more than during the previous year.

    “We want to continue that growth and a visit from President Obama would get huge coverage back in the States.”

    In her letter to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today Premier Anna Bligh promised “to organise a mutually beneficial range of appointments for the President and his accompanying party.”

    “Queensland has a warm and longstanding relationship with the United States and strong economic and cultural links. I would welcome further discussions regarding a possible visit to Queensland,” she wrote.

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