Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said Tourism Research Australia Satellite Account data for 2016-2017 showed 6.4 per cent growth in the number of people employed in tourism in the Southern Great Barrier Reef
region and 7.7 per cent growth in gross regional product.
The dugong population in the southern Great Barrier Reef region is in much better condition than after cyclone Yasi and the widespread flooding of 2011 new research finds.
The survey also recorded large juvenile and adult marine turtles and found significant populations in the southern Great Barrier Reef as well as in Moreton Bay and Hervey Bay.
The hard work and dedication of local tourism operators in promoting the Southern Great Barrier Reef region is delivering results.
The Palaszczuk Government recognises that tourism is a vital industry in the Southern Great Barrier Reef region which supports more than 16,000 jobs and contributes $1.6 billion to the regional economy.
At the launch, Minister Jones also announced a new $400,000 tourism marketing campaign to encourage more Queenslanders to visit Bundaberg and the Southern Great Barrier Reef
The Beach and Beyond campaign showcases an array of holiday experiences available in destinations such as the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Southern Great Barrier Reef
and Tropical North Queensland, she said.
The pre and post-workshop tours will see more than 40 of these travel agents visit Queensland s Southern Great Barrier Reef
, Outback, Sunshine Coast, Tropical North and the Gold Coast.