Red tape on CCIQ's agenda at DestinationQ forum

Monday 26 August, 2013

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) says its priority at this week’s DestinationQ Forum on the Gold Coast will be reducing red tape for the tourism industry.

CCIQ General Manager Advocacy Nick Behrens said the forum would renew the focus on supporting the tourism industry and working towards the Government’s $30 billion visitor expenditure target by 2020.

“CCIQ supports the Government’s commitment to the tourism industry, which is the lifeblood of many regional communities and an important regional employer,” Mr Behrens said.

“The sector has been challenged in recent years due to competition from other destinations, the high Australian dollar, natural disasters and increasing regulatory and business costs.

“However the recent trend has been encouraging and DestinationQ provides an opportunity to develop long term strategies on how to address these challenges in the future.

“Specifically, CCIQ will continue its push for regulatory reform in the industry, which will ultimately reduce the time and cost burden and allow businesses to get on with the job.”

The forum will explore ways to preserve Queensland’s nature and culture; offer iconic experiences; target a balanced portfolio of markets; deliver quality, great service and innovation; build strong partnerships and grow investment and access.

Mr Behrens said tourism played a key role in the state’s economy, employing more than 10 per cent of the state’s workforce and contributing $17 billion annually to the state’s economy.

“DestinationQ must continue to build the strategies to ensure Queensland’s tourism industry can remain globally competitive and be a key economic driver and regional employer,” he said.

“Queensland’s tourism vision focuses on diverse iconic experiences that showcase our lifestyle, our culture, our natural wonders and climate and our communities.

“We must ensure the industry can pursue this vision without being burdened with time and financial pressures because of unnecessary regulation.

“Last year’s forum was hugely successful and provided some strong expectations as to how key stakeholders could work together to achieve the best outcomes for Queensland.

“We look forward to working with government, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and industry to ensure Queensland remains Australia’s premier tourism destination.”

ENDS

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