Labor’s Tourism Minister Jan Jarratt had seriously misled Queenslanders looking to holiday at home and risked damaging an industry already on its knees, the LNP said today.
Shadow Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jann Stuckey said the Minister had taken on the role of a dodgy agent spruiking super cheap holidays – at idiotic rates that simply did not exist.
“Jan Jarratt has exposed her total lack of understanding of our tourism industry by spruiking fake room rates for Cairns, the Gold Coast and elsewhere,” Ms Stuckey said.
“The Minister needs to explain exactly where she obtained the rates for the winter holiday ‘specials’ – especially for the deals in Far North Queensland at Cairns Mantra Trilogy and Villas Resort Port Douglas for $37/night and the Broadbeach Mantra for $48/night
“She also needs to explain where the rates came from for the ‘specials’ referred to in her media statement of June 17* that was issued, but then pulled from the Government website.
“If a registered travel agent behaved like this, advertising fake deals, they would be liable for prosecution under our Fair Trading laws,” Ms Stuckey said.
“What Ms Jarratt has done is embarrassing, and has already damaged the reputation of resorts who’ve been contacted by would-be holiday makers wanting to make bookings.
“I call on the Minister to apologise to Queenslanders and the resorts that have been misrepresented by her mindless actions.”