Premier of Queensland

Premier’s trade mission a resounding success

I’m confident the links we created on this mission will lead to millions of dollars’ worth of new projects in our state

I’m confident the links we created on this mission will lead to millions of dollars’ worth of new projects in our state

Brisbane 1 October 2013. Queensland is on the cusp of a massive boom in  tourism, with new investments on the table in Port Douglas, Cairns,  Hayman Island, the Whitsundays, Yeppoon and the Sunshine Coast, as well  as burgeoning interest from tourists from the UAE, China and Japan.
That's the message the Premier has brought back from a trade mission to key export partners and investment hubs.
“The challenge for the Queensland tourism industry and Government is to  deliver on commitments in the DestinationQ strategy, as well as to lock  in streamlined project approvals with the Federal Government to cut red  tape and support new investments in hotels and resorts,” Mr Newman said.
“Recent figures that show a 32 per cent spike in the number of visitors  from China have fuelled confidence among tourism operators.
"We were able to make significant progress in our discussions with  investors, and there was optimism among the delegates of an  unprecedented period of growth in Queensland’s tourism industry,” Mr  Newman said.
“We’re also confident that we’ve taken steps towards persuading airlines to expand their services into our state.
“With a value of $14.8 billion a year, China is Queensland’s single  largest trading partner and we see great potential for Chinese  investment to drive some of the major projects that Queensland needs.
“For example, there's a great opportunity for partnership between the  Australian and Chinese business sectors to create new irrigation schemes  on the Gilbert River in Queensland's north.
“It’s win-win; they need a reliable source of high quality food products  and we need the investment dollars to help drive projects.
"As the Chinese juggernaut continues and Japan shows signs of  resurgence, there are also some realistic expectations of a prolonged  period of sustained growth for the Queensland mining sector.
"But perhaps the surprise packet of the trip was the amount of interest that was expressed in our Education and Training sector.
"Indeed, such was the degree of interest, that planning is already  underway for Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek to visit countries  throughout the Middle East and Asia to capitalise on the great demand  for high quality tertiary education."
Mr Newman used the trade mission to promote Queensland's considerable  strengths as a dynamic and reliable trading partner and said there had  been a significant shift in the way Queensland was perceived  internationally.
"There was a real recognition in the countries we visited that  Queensland's economy had matured and was no longer solely dependent on  beef and coal exports," he said.
“We were able to generate a great deal of interest in the industries  associated with Queensland's four economic pillars of resources,  agriculture, construction and tourism, but also in the fields of  education and training, infrastructure, and science.
“I’m confident the links we created on this mission will lead to millions of dollars’ worth of new projects in our state."

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