Tourism Queensland has lashed out at newspaper reports that suggest overseas tourists find Brisbane boring.
“Anyone who finds Brisbane boring obviously hasn’t spent a lot of time here,” said Tourism Queensland executive, Mr Ted Hollowbone.
A lifelong Brisbane resident, Mr Hollowbone challenged tourists to put their misconceptions aside and move to the city.
“People who have lived here all their lives will tell you that Brisbane is great. You’ve just got to get to know the place.”
“The fact that someone from another country thinks Brisbane is boring goes to show how small-minded people from other countries can be.”
In addition to the Queensland lifestyle, Mr Hollowbone singled out Brisbane icons such as South Bank, the Ferris Wheel at South Bank and the city beach at South Bank as “world-class attractions”.
“Compared to other medium sized cities, like Aarhus in Denmark and Khartoum in Sudan, Brisbane is basically Paris.”
To that end, Tourism Queensland is confident that its new multi-million campaign, “Brisbane: The Paris of Queensland” will swell visitor numbers to the city and, in particular, to the replica Eiffel Tower on Park Road in Milton.
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