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Queensland tourism operators are predicting a vintage year for the state’s AUD$23 billion tourism industry as established destinations, new attractions and the Australian dollar lure greater numbers of domestic and international travellers to the Sunshine State.

The prediction comes as the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), celebrates its 15th birthday and reflects on the future of state’s second largest export.

Today, the state’s tourism industry accounts for one-in-eight registered businesses and one-in-ten workers.

QTIC Chief Executive, Daniel Gschwind, who was also celebrating 15 years at the organisation’s helm, said Queensland’s tourism businesses had evolved into a diverse, dynamic and professional industry that was poised for further growth.

“Queensland needs to be proud of its tourism achievements and of the 51,400 tourism operators stretching across the entire state from Coolangatta to the Cape,” he said.

“They not only delight local and international visitors every day but play a significant role in protecting our natural environments, preserving our unique cultures and fostering future generations of Queenslanders,” he said.

“Looking at the year ahead, all signs point to a very strong year for the Queensland industry, building on the global exposure received from the G20 Summit and leading up to the Commonwealth Games in 2018.”

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management