New Queensland premier Campbell Newman
New Queensland premier Campbell Newman

The Accommodation Association of Australia has welcomed the election of Campbell Newman as the new Premier of Queensland.

Accommodation Association of Australia Chief Executive Officer, Richard Munro said Newman has demonstrated he has a deep understanding of the industry and tourism more broadly.

“It’s been well documented that, as an integral part of tourism, the accommodation industry in Queensland has been suffering, particularly in iconic destinations such as the Whitsundays and Cairns,” Munro said.

“That’s why it’s pleasing that Premier-elect Newman has listed tourism as one of four pillars of the Queensland economy.

“It’s an excellent starting point.

“The accommodation industry congratulates Newman on his election victory and we look forward to working closely with him and his new Minister for Tourism.”

Despite the recent downturn, the Association is confident that with a collaborative approach, the industry can thrive once again.

“There is a lot to be excited about as far as tourism in Queensland is concerned,” Munro said.

“Preparations are underway for the Gold Coast hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2018, while the resources industry is fuelling growth in business travel.

“If the incoming Newman Government can get the mix of tourism marketing and the business environment for tourism operators right, then there is every chance that leisure travel in Queensland will start to pick up again, with the benefits to flow to the accommodation industry.”

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management

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