Quantas cuts ties with tourism australia
by Staff Writers
Tullamarine, Queensland (SPX) March 10, 2더킹카지노015
AUSTRALIAN Tourism is expecting to lose approximately $20 million this year as they begin pulling back their operations.
However, the Australian Government has made the most of the downturn by extending a $5 million grant to one Queensland town that has struggled to adapt to the tourism boom and attracting international tourists.
Local tourism groups are hoping the government will put together a regional tourism masterplan to help make local communities thrive.
The Towns and Townships Minister, Steven Ciobo, will today announce he will extend the Australian Government’s (AGP) $5 million grant to Townsville, Coombs, Wigonga, Lismore, Sturt and Whitted.
The $5 million grant will pay for additional training for Townsville’s public and community staff.
It also includes training for teachers to support tourists visiting the cities, particularly in light of a decline in domestic and international visitors.
The Government was set to announce the grant in December.
The Townsville area has been hit hard by the downturn in tourism.
More than 12,0gospelhitz00 visitors visited in 2014-15, compared to fewer than 4,000 visitors in 2005-06 and 3,000 the decade before that.
Tourism officials said the decline in interest from locals who want to visit Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney had been caused by the slump in demand for the tourist attractions including the Great Barrier Reef and Cairns.
Mr Cio바카라사이트bo said the Government would take a hard look at Townsville’s tourism needs to understand what the communities will do to help ensure the region thrived.
“We’ve got to manage the downturn to make sure the local community can deliver for them,” Mr Ciobo said.
“It was our intention to go back to Townsville, but there’s no time to lose.
“I understand that other states and territories and territories elsewhere have a local tourism masterplan and it could be the first step here in Queensland.”
Tourism Minister Steve Ciobo today says Townsville needs to be prepared for a downturn. Picture: News Corp Australia
Australian Government grants will be increased for Townsville
It was the third time the Government has earmarked funds for Townsville, following two last year and another this year.
The Australian Government recently awarded $11 million to Townsville for the Townsville International Museum as part o