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Powell Media Release – Celebrate Australia Day II and support Queensland Tourism (5 February 2013)

 All Australians are being urged to save the date and celebrate ‘Australia Day II’ on February 23 in Queensland.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell said due to recent weather events many Queenslanders had not been able to celebrate the national day, and ‘Australia Day II’ would give them the chance to do so while also supporting the State’s tourism industry.

“Queensland is open for business and we are ready to welcome visitors,” Mr Powell said.

“Australia Day II is a great way to help the State’s tourism industry and I would encourage anyone considering booking a holiday to Queensland to go ahead and do so.”

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey launched the ‘Australia Day II’ campaign this week.

“The campaign calls on Australians to make plans to visit Queensland as soon as they can, and is another opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of all emergency services and other volunteers at a time when it was most needed,” Minister Stuckey said.

“The face of the ‘Australia Day II’ campaign is Sam Kekovich, one of the best known Australia Day figures during recent years.

“This is the first step of the Government’s tourism recovery strategy for flood affected areas and I would encourage everyone to get involved.”

The ‘Australia Day II’ message will roll out in print, online, TV and radio across the country in coming weeks.

Mr Powell said tourism was one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy and the Government would do all it can to support the industry.

“Tourism employs more than 120,000 people across Queensland and we recognise the vital role the industry plays in contributing to our economy,” Mr Powell said.

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[ENDS] 5 February 2013

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