AFC Asia cup expected to be a boon for QLD toursim

QUEENSLAND tourism is set to receive a massive boost next year with the AFC Asian Cup expected to expose the state to a global audience of more than 500 million people.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey said on Thursday the AFC Asian Cup would cement the state's reputation as a major destination for international sporting events.

"Throughout the 23-day tournament, Suncorp Stadium will be the site for six games and a qualifying final," she said.

"International events such as the AFC Asian Cup help drive visitors to Queensland and achieve our tourism goals.

"This is an unprecedented opportunity to showcase Brisbane and the rest of Queensland to the world.

"Our tourism authorities will be working hard to maximise the benefits."

Ms Stuckey urged all Queenslanders to get behind the event.

"There will be plenty of opportunities for local football fans and visitors to experience the thrill of an international soccer match," she said.

"Up to 45,000 international visitors are expected to attend the event."

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