Hinchinbrook MP, Andrew Cripps, has welcomed a new policy commitment from the LNP to provide funding for 500 WiFi hotspots in key tourism destinations, allowing domestic and international visitors to help promote Queensland tourism destinations.

Mr Cripps said if successful at the next state election, an LNP Government would enable more tourists to access additional world-class connectively locations so they can brag to their mates back home about their awesome holiday in Queensland.

“An LNP Government will commit $3 million over three years towards a program to install WiFi hotspots at key tourism destinations across Queensland, in order to boost opportunities for these visitors to tell the world about their experiences” said Mr Cripps.

“These WiFi hotspots will be established through grants to local councils, who will be able to set up additional networks to ensure tourists are connected to the world and are able to post photos and messages about their Queensland adventures” he said.

“We have an amazing range of natural and man-made tourism assets in the Hinchinbrook electorate, which set our tourism products apart from other destinations and we need to take every opportunity to promote them, including creating new ones”.

“We want our visitors to Queensland to have access to modern technology so they can jump online and post their happy snaps to social media, or to send them home to family and friends – hopefully making them jealous enough to come and see if for themselves.”

“The Hinchinbrook electorate has an important and growing tourism sector and using digital and social media to showcase our great tourism locations is an ideal way to share with the global visitor market that we are a great place to visit for a unique experience”.

Mr Cripps said the LNP recognised the importance of Queensland’s tourism sector, particularly to regional communities and had a strong track record of working with the industry to capitalise on the state’s natural advantages to attract visitors.

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