*One of Australia’s regional tourism ministers is upset that her national office – funded by tax payers – has agreed to pay $2.7 million for Oprah Winfrey’s big field trip.
As previously reported, the state of New South Wales and Australia’s tourism department say the expense is a solid investment that will draw untold amount of tourists in the future due to Oprah’s influence.
“I think it’s money well spent. This truly represents an amazing opportunity to showcase Australia, the warmth and hospitality of our people and the depth and breadth of everything our country has to offer visitors from around the world,” said Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson.
But his West Australian counterpart, Liz Constable, has reacted with frustration at news of the $2.7 million bill – which she only found out about as it was announced earlier this week.
“I have spoken to the federal minister Martin Ferguson about this and expressed my disgust with the way Tourism Australia has handled this situation,” she said, according to WENN.
Winfrey announced Monday that her studio audience of 300 would get an all-inclusive trip to Sydney in December to celebrate her 25th and final season of the “Oprah” talk show.