Tourism a driving force of Gold Coast economy

Published Friday, 06 July, 2018 at 03:01 PM

Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones

The Gold Coast’s tourism industry has recorded growth in the last year with new data released today showing the sector now pumps about $4.7 billion into the economy.

Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister and Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said Tourism Research Australia Satellite Account data for 2016-2017 showed 1.3 per cent growth in tourism gross regional product on the Gold Coast.

“Tourism is one of the Gold Coast’s most important industries,” she said.

“I’m proud to say tourism is now worth $4.7 billion a year to the Coast and employs nearly 42,000 people.

“This data is proof that we’re on the right track. But I know we can create more jobs in this sector over the next few years.

“That’s why I’m working with local tourism operators to grow this industry.”

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said tourism was an important part of the Palaszczuk Government’s strategy to strengthen Queensland’s economy over the next three years.

“This data is a great result for the Gold Coast. I’m looking forward to working with Meaghan Scanlon to make sure these numbers continue to grow over the next three years,” she said.

“Queensland’s tourism industry is thriving under our government because we’re investing in this sector to stimulate our economy.

“We’re spending more in tourism than any Queensland government in history – this includes an extra $180 million in last month’s State Budget to grow this industry.

“Our priorities include working with tourism operators to build new attractions in important destinations like the Gold Coast, along with attracting more direct flights and securing more major events for our state.”

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