O'Dowd looks to boost tourism

THE Liberal National Party would provide a $275,000 grant to the Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Board if elected.

LNP candidate for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said it would provide a much-needed boost to local tourism and jobs throughout the region.

Mr O'Dowd announced yesterday an elected Coalition government would provide the grant over four years starting with $50,000 in the current financial year with annual grants of $75,000 per year for each of the three subsequent years.

“This welcome injection of additional funds will help the organisation attract more visitors to our whole region including the Banana Shire, coastal, island and inland attractions as part of the LNP's $14 million Domestic Tourism Development Grants scheme,” he said.

“This money is a real shot in the arm for the organisation and will build on the capacity of the promotion team to continue their excellent work on behalf of the local industry.”

Mr O'Dowd said the LNP's Tourism Grants Scheme targeted funds direct to regional tourist associations because they were the best people to promote local regions in the domestic market as the domestic tourism had been neglected by Labor in recent years.

“All tourism operators have seen from the Rudd/Gillard government has been increased tourism taxes, more red tape and a cut to support for tourism,” Mr O'Dowd said.

He said it would complement a $40 million infrastructure and development fund.



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