News

Concerns about Qld tourism industry amid disaster recovery

Bargara gets slammed by a vicious storm, uprooting trees, downing powerlines and ripping roofs off houses.
Bargara gets slammed by a vicious storm, uprooting trees, downing powerlines and ripping roofs off houses. Max Fleet

AS IMAGES of a flood-ravaged Queensland flash across news updates around the globe, the state's tourism operators are anxiously trying to get the real message out - Queensland is open to tourists.

Trying to prevent the consequences of widespread disaster coverage following the 2011 flood disaster, tourism agencies - including the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and Tourism Queensland - are drafting initiatives to push through a positive image of holidaying in the Sunshine State.

QTIC chief executive Daniel Gschwind hopes balanced reporting on the natural disasters will ensue.

"There is a genuine suffering and damage in places like Bundaberg...but by the same token most of the state is up and running again," he said.

"I do hope that we will see the disaster pictures in the near future replaced by hope, rebuilding and community spirit..."

Mr Gschwind said many tourism operators would be concerned about the impact on the tourism industry.

"They have worked so very hard over the past two years to rebuild and reconstruct their businesses," he said.

"For many of them it's discouraging to face the up hill battle again."

Some potential and stuck holiday makers have taken to Twitter to vent their disdain for the recent devastating weather.

One man tweeted: "Aunty went on holiday with her husband and kids to Queensland. A roof fell on their car, they won't be able to come home today".

Another tweeter posted: "Go to Queensland for a holiday hoping to tan by the beach all week. But instead cop non-stop rain, floods and tornadoes. Take me home!!!"

But as the flood water recedes, Mr Gschwind is confident the industry will bounce back.

"I think it will blow over and we will continue what has been over the past 12 months a very upward trend for the tourism industry," he said.

Tourism Minister Jan Stuckey is singing a similar tune.

"Some tourism operators in places like Capricornia, Bundaberg and the Lockyer Valley have been more affected than others by the past week, and we are working with them and our Regional Tourist Organisations to help them recover as quickly as possible," she said.

"For other premier tourist destinations from the Gold Coast to Tropical North Queensland and in the Outback, it's business as usual."


Topics:  floods, tourism, twitter




Queensland has one of hottest August nights on record

You probably didn't need any blankets last night.

Minimum temperatures across the state in double digits

'Undesirables' targeted in Ipswich CBD police blitz

Police staffing levels in the mall is high. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

Almost 1000 people spoken to in four weeks

Why do more rural areas have cheaper fuel than us?

RACQ says Sunshine Coast motorists are being ripped off at the petrol pump.

Why is the fuel so cheap in some places, but so expensive here?

Latest deals and offers

Folk singer looking forward to her Gympie Muster debut

Alternative country folk singer Fanny Lumsden will perform at the Gympie Muster.

FANNY Lumsden to serenade new fans with her country hall-style show.

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Angie and Yvie ready to toast The Bachelor on Gogglebox

Angie and Yvie in a scene from the TV series Gogglebox.

ALL the regulars return in TV show about people watching TV.

Morgan Freeman asks: are we alone? Why do humans exist?

Morgan Freeman in Through the Wormhole. Photo: Discovery Science

Question all you thought you knew, on Foxtel.

Five new things to see and do at this year's Muster

There's already plenty of fun to be had at the XXXX bar.

Here are five new things to see and do at this year's Gympie Muster

You are going to Falls for this music line-up

CONFIRMED: Local artist Bernard Fanning is part of the line up for Falls Festival Byron Bay.

The line-up and ticket purchase details have been announced.

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Developer announces plans for prime 1.2km beach frontage

An artist's impression of the development.

Developer announces plans for 1.2km beach frontage

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m