Tourism Minister calls Turnbull a 'grinch' over cuts

TOURISM and Major Events Minister Kate Jones today slammed a Turnbull Government proposal to slash tourism marketing and events funding.

Ms Jones said the Productivity Commission's recommendation to cut funding for destination marketing and major event campaigns would harm Queensland's growing tourism industry and threaten local jobs.

"Now is not the time to cut tourism funding," Ms Jones said.

"More Australians and overseas visitors are coming to Queensland than ever before on the back of our strong interstate and international marketing campaigns.

"This growth is helping create jobs and grow the Queensland economy.

"Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull needs to show his support for Queensland tourism and rule out any cuts to funding."

Ms Jones said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to growing Queensland's $23 billion tourism industry and the 230,000 jobs it supports.

"That's why we delivered a $400 million, four-year tourism funding guarantee to ensure we secure the best events and promote our destinations throughout Australia and around the world," she said.

"We're also investing $10 million to attract more direct international flights to Queensland.

"We know that our investment in tourism and events is already reaping rewards with record visitors from Australia and overseas choosing to come to Queensland."

Ms Jones said major events were vital to regional economies driving visitation and supporting jobs growth.

"Major events is a highly competitive market and we remain committed to attracting the best events to Queensland that drive visitation and showcase our state to the world," she said.



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