International visitors look south, as Queensland tourism numbers head the same way

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Queensland has recorded its lowest share of international tourist visitors on record.

LNP Shadow Tourism Minister David Crisafulli said data released by Tourism Research Australia confirmed what operators have been reporting that strong government action is needed to rebuild tourism in the sunshine state.

"Before Labor took over, Queensland was the second most visited state in the nation for international tourists," Mr Crisafulli said.

"Now it's been overtaken by Victoria and every year we continue to lose more market share to southern states.

"This is a damning indictment of the Palaszczuk Labor Government's tourism policies."

Mr Crisafulli said the new statistics reveal that the Gold Coast and Cairns had the largest reduction in international tourists in the whole nation, while Townsville, the Whitsundays and Bundaberg all lost millions of dollars in regional expenditure.

"Queensland lost another 0.3% of market share to only having 32.1% of all international visitors coming to the state," he said.

"Queensland is struggling under Labor's failure to market our great tourism assets internationally, the paralysis gripping ecotourism developments, and new taxes attacking the property industry.

"No other state has the same wealth of destinations as ours, Queensland should be the most visited state in the nation.

"Labor fail our operators by driving our industry down with more taxes, less marketing and less tourism infrastructure.

"Queensland tourism operators can't afford Labor's failure to grow international tourism."

 
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