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Queensland Tourism and the Environment: Are Sun, Sea, Sand and Sex Sustainable?

  • Jennifer Craik

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You can't support environmentalism and tourism at the same time – they are incompatible'. (Interview with Jim Kennedy, former chair of the Queensland Tourist and Travel Corporation, 14 September 1993)

As in many other places, tourism has become a seductive industry for government and business in Queensland over the past decade. As one of the sunbelt states, Queensland has become an attractive destination for international, interstate and intrastate visitors. Tourism has become a major industry in Queensland contributing 5% to GSP (Goss 87). In 1993, the state attracted 1.4 million international visitors or 51% of the inbound market (Trends, issue 1, July 1994:4). This represents a 16% average annual increase since 1991. Although domestic tourism has experienced a slowdown, the state attracted 2.4 million intrastate and 8.5 million interstate trips in 1993. The staging of Expo 88 in Brisbane is credited with stimulating a significant increase in interstate visits to Queensland (cf. Collins 1994b).

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Queensland Tourism and the Environment: Are Sun, Sea, Sand and Sex Sustainable?

  • Jennifer Craik

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