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Royals to visit Queensland

Royals to visit Queensland
Royals to visit Queensland
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Queensland's tourism industry says Queen Elizabeth's visit next month will help put Brisbane back on the map for international tourists.

The Queen has added day trips to Brisbane and Melbourne to her 10-day Australian itinerary which coincides with her appearance at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth from October 28 to 30.

She will visit Brisbane with the Duke of Edinburgh on October 24 and is expected to make a public appearance, although her itinerary is not yet finalised.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind said the visit would put the spotlight on Queensland.

"There will be a lot of people watching, there will be a lot of people hearing about it, and for many people around the world, it still puts Brisbane on the map," he said.

"Not everybody knows enough about Brisbane internationally and I think that will certainly help to put the focus on our city."

Mr Gschwind said many tourism operators continue to struggle in the wake of this year's disastrous floods and cyclone.

In addition to this, other factors such as the high Australian dollar and global economic uncertainty had added pressure to the industry.

Although much of the state’s revenue is derived from the mining industry, Queensland also relies heavily on tourism as a major employer.

Any event or visit to Queensland that draws the attention of international visitors is always a welcome occurrence.

Mr Gschwind said the southeast corner was doing better than northern operators in Cairns and the Whitsundays.

But he said the message was getting across that Queensland was again open for business.

Premier Anna Bligh stated that the trip would be a "a shot in the arm" for those who had suffered so terribly in the state's natural disasters.

"It puts us back on the international stage, gives us some international spotlight," she said yesterday.

It will be royal couple's first visit to the state since CHOGM at Coolum in 2002.

Michael Palmer

Date: 25/09/2011

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