Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh wants the Darling Downs region to unite in sparking a tourism boom in the region.
Since his election Dr McVeigh has continued to advocate that the region must capitalise on its current growth spurt and begin planning for the next wave of innovation and infrastructure investment.
He says now is the time to begin looking at the region’s future tourism potential.
“Australia’s inbound tourism growth is almost triple the current average around the world of 3.9% with a lot of recent growth from visitors from China South Korea Japan and the United States ” Dr McVeigh said.
“A lower Australian dollar and our status as a safe destination in an increasingly unsafe world are fuelling this latest surge. Toowoomba needs to capitalise on this as we can offer value-for-money experiences and we have a reputation as one of the Friendliest cities in the country ” he said.
Dr McVeigh said the visit by Assistant Minister for Trade Tourism and Investment Keith Pitt to the city this week prompted him to galvanise support for a further development of the region’s tourism opportunities.
“Our current market is business tourism but I think with the right investment we can capitalise on our nature landscape. We need to develop food culinary history and range front opportunities in a measured strategic way ” Dr McVeigh said.
“There needs to be a balancing act between creating demand and ensuring the infrastructure is in place. I took the first steps this morning by convening a meeting with some key strategic partners including Mayor Paul Antonio Cr Geoff McDonald and John Wagner to meet with the Assistant Minister ” he said.
“There was a lot of energy to overcome the current fragmented approach and move towards a clearer vision for the future with federal state and local support.
“Tourism is one of Australia’s current growth sectors and on the Darling Downs it is long overdue for investment and coordination which matches its contribution to economic growth and employment. It’s time to start planning now and capitalise on our fantastic natural environment.”
Above: Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh and Assistant Minister for Trade Tourism and Investment Keith Pitt learn the story of the Dreamtime Carriage from DownsSteam Tourist Railway and Museum president Peter Eldridge.