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Tourism chiefs want Queensland to be events capital

TOURISM leaders have embarked on a bold bid to make Queensland the events capital of Australia.

This year, Queensland will host events worth an estimated $600 million, with officials deep in discussions to bring other blockbusters to the state.

It is understood the State Government is just days away from renewing the contract of a major tourism event, while talks are also under way to lure marquee matches of another high-profile global sporting event to Queensland.

Brisbane has already won the right to host the final of the rugby League World Cup in December. The aggressive pursuit of major events is part of an ambitious target for Queensland to seize the title of Australia’s events capital.

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