Gold Coast stuck in an 80s rut: Paul Keating

Paul Keating

AUSTRALIA’S tourism industry has copped a Paul Keating upper cut, being told to pull up its socks or risk losing the Chinese market.

Addressing the Mantra Group annual conference at Kingscliff, the former prime minister warned the nation’s ageing tourism infrastructure was not going to cut it with wealthy Chinese tourists and the economy was living off policy changes he made in the 1980s and 1990s.

“Chinese visitors aren’t going to come here for hotels and resorts built in the 1980s and 1990s,” he said. “You need to raise the bar — lift the standard of product.”

At his acerbic best, Mr Keating said the economy was stuck in a rut.

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