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Outback tourism attractions to share in $3 million of funding
The Queensland Government has announced $3 million to boost Outback Queensland tourism and employment as part of the State Government’s Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement while visiting Mitchell Grass Retreat in Longreach, a new luxury glamping-style accommodation which received funding support through the State Government to attract more tourists to the region.
Premier Palaszczuk notes “Tourism is a major economic driver for our regions and as we unite and recover from COVID-19, helping our tourism operators get through and investing in tourism infrastructure is critical now more than ever.
“Our $25 million Queensland Tourism Icons Program is helping some of the biggest employers in the tourism industry to continue to pay workers throughout this crisis, particularly while they’re waiting for more funding from other sources.
“We’ve set aside $3 million of that to help our Outback tourism operators and we want the Outback Queensland Tourism Association to provide advice on how to best allocate that funding.
Premier Palaszczuk added “Our tourism icons are recognised the world over. Not only do they employ thousands of Queenslanders, they lure millions of tourists to our state every year.
“It’s vital that we support these businesses to make it through COVID-19.
“This specifically targeted Icons funding will provide a valuable lifeline for our regional operators as we carefully re-open our state to firstly intrastate and eventually interstate tourists.”
The Premier said Mitchell Grass Retreat due to open soon was one of several key infrastructure projects her government was delivering for the region under a separate program – the $10 million Outback Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones said that the Mitchell Grass Retreat was one of several key infrastructure projects the Queensland Government was delivering under a record program to support Queensland’s $27 billion tourism industry.
Minister Jones notes “The Year of Outback Tourism provided a great opportunity to build our regional attractions and promote our renowned outback hospitality.
“The Outback Tourism Infrastructure Fund helped establish much needed tourism infrastructure in Outback Queensland with 15 projects awarded funding—from Adels Grove and Cobbold Gorge in the north, all the way down to Roma and Cunnamulla in the south.”
Mitchell Grass Retreat owner Tanya Neal said they were excited to bring a new accommodation experience to Longreach and added “all 15 Luxury Ensuite Tents are designed for low environmental impact and to blend seamlessly into the Mitchell Grass landscape.
“So far, interest from visitors and travel agents has been incredible - the positive feedback and shared excitement is fantastic.
“It’s a really exciting new era of tourism for Longreach and Outback Queensland.”
Guests will be able to take in uninterrupted sunset views from their private decks and relax after enjoying all that the outback has to offer.
Scheduled to open in late-July, the Mitchell Grass Retreat is set on a 60-acre property and situated three kilometres from town on the edge of the Thompson River, offering 15 luxury glamping-style tents with ensuites.
For further information go to www.mitchellgrassretreat.com.au
Image courtesy of Mitchell Grass Retreat
6th June 2019 - Queensland Government encourages outback tourism through winter
17th December 2018 - Queensland Government declares 2019 to be the Year of Outback Tourism
22nd October 2018 - Infrastructure Fund launched for Queensland outback tourism
17th November 2013 - Queensland outback tourism operators shine
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