Destination Q – Building Tourism Together

The annual DestinationQ Forum is Queensland’s leading tourism industry event, bringing industry and government together to connect, collaborate and share knowledge to grow the visitor economy. This partnership facilitates ongoing engagement between industry and government to deliver on key priorities to drive growth and jobs in the state. For more information visit the DestinationQ website at

DestinationQ 2020 Forum
3:00pm – 4:30pm, Friday 4 September

Online (link will be sent to registered participants)

In this extraordinary year, the DestinationQ 2020 Forum will be held virtually on Friday, 4 September 2020. Presented in partnership by the Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and Tourism and Events Queensland, the forum will focus on supporting the state’s tourism industry to understand and adapt to the continuing impacts of COVID-19.

Guest presenters and panellists will offer perspectives on the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19 and provide inspiration for the future of tourism, examining new opportunities and profiling sustainable operating models. 

The full forum program and line-up of guest speakers and industry panellists is now available via the DestinationQ website, or via the DestinationQ app (available from the App store or Google Play).

Keynote speakers include Professor Tony Blakely, Professorial Fellow in Epidemiology, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne, and Jarrod Ball, Chief Economist of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

Industry panellists include:

  • Ms Sonjha Forbes, General Manager Tropical North Queensland, Entrada Travel Group.
  • Mr Adam Penmberthy, Managing Director, City Winery Brisbane.
  • Mr Mark Duckworth, Festival Director, Blues On Broadbeach.
  • Mr Grant Cassidy OAM FAICD, Managing Director,  - Cassidy Hospitality Group.
  • Mr Johnny Murison, Owner/Operator, Jarramali Rock Art Tours.

To attend the virtual event, please register here.

If you have any questions, please contact

DestinationQ is a partnership agreement between the Queensland Government and the state's tourism industry (represented by us) which recognises tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy.

The key elements of DestinationQ are:
  • Ambition: Setting a growth target for the industry to double overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020.
  • Leadership: Focusing whole-of-government support for tourism and events as one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy.
  • Partnership: Developing a strong partnership with industry, driving enhanced and collaborative marketing and development efforts, and a focus on events for Queensland.
  • Investment: Attracting new investment in tourism product and new aviation routes to Queensland, and reducing the red-tape burden on tourism operators.
  • Accountability: Assigning roles and responsibilities, tracking progress and reporting on outcomes at an annual forum of industry stakeholders.
The first DestinationQ Forum was held in Cairns on 25-26 June 2012 where more than 300 government and industry representatives met to discuss, debate and decide the key directions for Queensland tourism. The forum identified priorities and responsibilities, and set an agenda for future successes, by building a strong partnership between government and industry.
The outcome of the 2012 DestinationQ Forum was the Partnership Agreement and 12 Month Action Plan and the creation of a DestinationQ Post-Forum Working Group, to drive progress and report back to industry on a regular basis.
In December 2012, the Queensland Government released the first DestinationQ Blueprint 2012-2015. The blueprint takes DestinationQ forward to 2015, as the first milestone towards the 2020 target for the industry.

Our Role in DestinationQ

We were identified as the industry body responsible for taking a lead role in implementing and driving many of the Action Plans within the DestinationQ Agreement.  
Since the 2012 Forum, we have been working closely with tourism operators and businesses, state and federal government departments and associated organisations to undertake the necessary work and ensure positive industry collaboration and economic success. 

Find Out More

Do you have a question or comment about DestinationQ and how it relates to you? QTIC members and industry representatives are invited to provide feedback and find out how to become part of our DestinationQ initiatives. Contact us on 07 3236 1445 or, or complete the form on the Contact Us page.