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March 24, 2015

Australia: Infrastructure ‘Key for Queensland’s Tourism Growth’

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Queensland needs to continue to invest in the State’s infrastructure to cope with a projected boom in Asian tourism, according to Barry Robinson, president and managing director of Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim, speaking at the Property Council of Australia’s recent Foreign Concepts forum in Brisbane.

Robinson was a keynote speaker at the forum, which attracted more than 80 leading Queensland property and tourism industry professionals.

“The link between Brisbane and the Gold Coast needs major improvements via an enhanced road network and/or the introduction of a high speed rail network system that seamlessly links with the Gold Coast’s Light Rail system,” he added. “Without these improvements we will not be able to cope with the projected visitor numbers from Asia.”

Robinson’s speech also highlighted the importance of the state’s tourism industry becoming “China ready”.

“Queensland requires a tourism labour force with both Mandarin language and high-level service skills to fully capitalise on tourism projections and expectations from the new generation of Asian tourists,” he said.

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