BACK ON TRACK: Discounted journeys are hoped to bring more visitors to Charleville over the summer months.
BACK ON TRACK: Discounted journeys are hoped to bring more visitors to Charleville over the summer months. Contributed

Two-for-one deal hopes to bring more visitors to Charleville

DISCOUNTED journeys are hoped to bring more visitors to Charleville over the summer months, with the Queensland Government announcing two-for-one train fares on the Westlander service.

As the Year of Outback Tourism draws to a close, the Premier has renewed the call for travellers to head west and help out rural communities with their tourist dollars.

"We want Queenslanders to continue showing their support for our outback communities well into 2020,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

"Outback tourism is already worth more than $350million and supports 3700 jobs, and we're continuing to work closely with local governments and businesses, community organisations and festival promoters to ensure these numbers continue to grow.”

So far this year, the state has seen the number of outback train passengers jump significantly, particularly outside of the regular tourist season.

The final push is intended to cover a notoriously quiet period during the hottest months.

"By visiting our outback towns, people are helping keep local business doors open much longer than they normally would be during summer months,” Transport Minister Mark Bailey said.

"Through previous two-for-one sales, off-peak travel in western Queensland has jumped close to 30 per cent in recent years, providing a much needed boost for local economies.

"I want to encourage mums, dads, couples and carers thinking of a summer holiday to consider this great deal and to visit western Queensland.”


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