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Cairns tourism boosted by new international campaigns
As a result of the recent coronavirus outbreak, the Queensland Government has today fast-tracked three new million-dollar international campaigns to support affected businesses in Cairns.
Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said three new international campaigns would kick off this month, focusing heavily on the US and UK markets noting “Cairns tourism operators need all the help they can get at the moment.
“Far North Queensland will be one of the regions hit the hardest by coronavirus. That’s why we’re investing millions of dollars in marketing to bring more American and British tourists to Cairns.
“These campaigns are about driving visitors and stimulating economic recovery at a time when it is badly needed.”
Minister Jones said in the US, Far North Queensland’s second largest international market, two campaigns would showcase the very best of the region to American travellers.
The first – a dedicated dive campaign – links into valuable partner networks to promote scuba diving holidays on the Great Barrier Reef.
Another campaign, commencing next Monday, in partnership with specialist travel wholesaler Down Under Answers and Tourism Tropical North Queensland, aims to generate bookings that will bring more than $1.25 million in overnight visitor expenditure in the TNQ region.
Minister Jones added “through the company’s network of travel agents, increasing length of stay in the region is a strong focus, encouraging tourists to discover more of the tourism experiences on offer.
“In the UK, a TNQ-specific campaign will target travellers already planning a Queensland holiday to generate accommodation and tour bookings for TNQ operators, maximising economic returns for the local tourism industry.”
Member for Cairns Michael Healy added “Cairns is an established and recognised destination, well-known for having world class experiences in these markets. These campaigns will make sure we’re putting our best foot forward, to generate bookings in the lead-up to Easter.
“Tourism means jobs for Cairns. We want to keep these jobs in Cairns and support tourism businesses to prosper in Far North Queensland.”
Today’s announcement will complement initiatives already under way to promote Far North Queensland including a major Great Barrier Reef campaign in Europe, retail activities in Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and India and a campaign launching this Friday in partnership with SilkAir India focused on Cairns and Great Barrier Reef experiences.
Today’s announcement comes after the Queensland Government last week actioned a $2 million tourism campaign to deliver an immediate shot-in-the-arm for the industry following the emergence of the coronavirus threat.
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7th February 2020 - New Council magazine focuses on Cairns’ arts and cultural scene
16th January 2020 - Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns rebranded as Bulmba-ja Arts Centre
2nd December 2019 - Green light for latest stage of Cairns Northern Beaches Leisure Trail
16th November 2019 - Cairns Regional Council seeks funding to address beach erosion
13th September 2019 - Cairns Performing Arts Centre sees rise in attendance and ticket sales
5th September 2019 - Cairns’ Sugarworld attraction to reopen with new name
10th July 2019 - Queensland Government commits $4.5 million for Far North tourism
18th July 2018 - Sunlover unveils dedicated Great Barrier Reef events venue
5th December 2017 - Sunlover Reef Cruises launches new pontoon for half day reef tour
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