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MEDIA RELEASE

 20 SEPTEMBER 2019

YEAR OF OUTBACK TOURISM EVENTS PROGRAM SUPPORTS QANTAS CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced Qantas Founders Museum’s Celebration of the Qantas Centenary Program of Events, is one of 15 events to receive funding through the second round of the Year of Outback Tourism Events Program.

In 2018 Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declared 2019 the Year of Outback Tourism and initiated the $3 million Year of Outback Tourism Events Program to help drought-affected outback communities.

“Today I am pleased to announce a further 15 events will share in $679,500 under round two including the Curry Merry Muster Festival in Cloncurry and The Outback Food, Wine and Music Festival in Longreach.

“Qantas will celebrate their 100th anniversary next year, and we will be supporting the Qantas Founders Outback Museum with their centenary celebrations.

“Outback tourism is already worth more than $350 million and supports 3700 jobs, and our Government is working closely with local governments and businesses, community organisations and festival promoters to ensure these numbers continue to grow.”

Qantas Founders Museum’s Celebration of the Qantas Centenary will be a spectacular, once in a lifetime program of events hosted in a place of significant heritage for the airline. Held throughout 2020, these extraordinary events ranging from extravagant evening functions to aerobatic flying displays, will commemorate a major milestone in Australia’s history.

Qantas Founders Museum CEO Tony Martin encouraged travellers to travel to Outback Queensland to experience the Qantas Centenary celebrations and learn the extraordinary story of Qantas and the role Outback Queensland communities played in supporting the airline.

“Australia’s national airline, Qantas, began in Outback Queensland in the 1920s and Qantas Founders Museum plans to celebrate our region’s rich heritage and its role in Australia’s aviation history with a series of memorable events,” Mr Martin said.

“Qantas is one of the oldest airlines in the world and the Museum’s Qantas Centenary Program of Events is a unique opportunity to celebrate this incredible milestone and learn about one of Australia’s greatest moments in history.

“We hope our Qantas Centenary Program of Events will encourage visitors from all of Australia and the world to visit Longreach and Outback Queensland and enjoy the many tourism experiences our region has to offer.”

Further details about Qantas Founders Museum’s Celebration of the Qantas Centenary Program of Events will be released in October 2019.

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One thought on “YEAR OF OUTBACK TOURISM EVENTS PROGRAM SUPPORTS QANTAS CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

  1. Doug Brockfield says:

    Having been involved in the original Year of the Outback in 2002, I eagerly await next year’s events, and hope to get to some of them. 2002 was a resounding success, and I hope 2020 will be the same.

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