Tony Moore reports in the Brisbane Times (26.4.16) on Treasurer Curtis Pitt's assertion that budget measures supporting the state's tourism sector will help boost Queensland's regional economies. The Treasurer made his comments at a jobs growth summit held at Parliament House, organised by the University of Queensland and the Australia Institute.
'Boosting tourism jobs in Queensland will be a key feature of the next Queensland budget, Treasurer Curtis Pitt said at a Queensland Jobs Summit on Tuesday.
'Tourism jobs would boost regional Queensland where unemployment remains steepest, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council said.
'It comes one month after national tourism figures showed Queensland was again luring international and interstate tourists to Queensland's beaches and national parks.
'Industries linked to tourism – accommodation, food preparation, international education and construction – are emerging industry sectors expected to provide 25,000 new jobs in the future.'