Destination Q forum will discuss tourism industry issues

HUNDREDS of delegates will descend on the state's south-east this week to map Queensland's 20-year tourism future at a time when the industry is calling for solid commitments in the lead-up to the Federal Election.

The state's premier tourism forum Destination Q will see 400 operators discuss the issues facing the industry in Queensland, including visa and migration and nature conservation.

While the State Government-led forum will focus on a Queensland-based approach for the future, it is expected concerns amongst operators over the lack of industry focus in the Federal Election campaign will also be aired.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind said he would like to see more focus from a federal level.

"We would have thought that as part of an election - and the suite of policy announcements that parties make - that tourism would also be seen as a place where votes can be gained because it's such a big employer," he said.

Destination Q will go towards developing a 20-year plan for Queensland's tourism industry.

Mr Gschwind said it was inevitable references to industrial relations and visa issues - Commonwealth responsibilities - would be made when the priorities were set.

The forum, which will run over two days, follows on from the inaugural event last year.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said information gathered at a series of recent regional workshops would go towards forming the 20-year plan at Destination Q.

"Delegates at the forum will develop strategies to help achieve our vision for a successful and competitive industry that is strong and prosperous, founded on our iconic experiences and diverse destinations, and recognised as fundamental to Queensland's economic, environmental and social future," she said.



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