• September 2020 Update: From the Chief Executive

    With a few positive steps towards a return to business for our industry, we continue to advocate on multiple fronts. Easing of border restrictions and operational restrictions remain a priority. The opening of the Queensland border to the ACT and Northern NSW is an encouraging step and will hopefully guide us towards a responsible opening for all of NSW. With excellent health outcomes in Queensland, limits on some aspects of tourism operations have also been eased, including for outdoor events.

    While there are still many restrictions in place, the latest steps will allow more businesses to operate with greater viability. The state-of-play in our industry meanwhile is a story of mixed fortunes. Some of our members, especially in the South East Corner and the Outback are reporting strong activity, while others are still suffering. Not just international visitors are missing, but corporate travel has all but disappeared, as have most of the interstate markets. Not all business can easily ‘pivot’ to the intrastate market.

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  • Grants Gateway: Apply Now

    Sometimes, it can be hard to keep up with the announcement of applicable grants, let alone the process of getting an application completed before the submission deadline.

    QTIC members have exclusive access to a curated list of available grants through our Grants Gateway, including all available COVID-19 support grants.

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  • August 2020 Update: From the Chief Executive

    Are we there yet?

    A journey without a map, without a known path and without visible landmarks takes a toll on our spirits and our energy. It seems we will have to muster all our resilience and collective ingenuity to figure out how we can re-imagine a bright future. Reaching out, working together and sharing our problems and our hopes is more important than ever. The tourism industry is all about people, about bringing them together, about ‘looking up’, about opening our minds and finding that special place. We must be part of the way out of this, for our economy, for our community, for our people and for ourselves.

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  • Queensland Border Closure

    This week’s announcement of the hard border closure to NSW and the ACT was another dispiriting indication that the path out of the COVID-19 crisis will be long and difficult for the community and for the tourism industry.

    Apart from the immediate impact on bookings, travel and flight schedules, perhaps the worst part is that it snuffed out the hope that we were on a straight path to gradually ease restrictions.  We are now back to complete uncertainty, making business and workforce planning very difficult.

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  • Another Crippling Blow

    The tourism industry is left grappling with the announcement by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to close the Queensland border to NSW and ACT, in addition to Victoria.

    The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind voiced his concerns for the future of the tourism industry in these uncertain times.

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  • Salute to Excellence Awards 2020 - Winners Announced

    QTIC is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Salute to Excellence Awards.  Hosted by Chris Parsons, the online live announcement enabled entrants, teachers, parents, trainers and special industry guests to come together to recognise and celebrate the achievements of students and teachers across the industry. 

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  • Insurance challenges

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) has launched an inquiry to investigate the practices of the insurance industry that impact small businesses and consider whether small business insurance products are fit for purpose.

    We’ve been hearing from an increasing number of members recently about a growing trend of insurance companies denying businesses insurance completely or pricing insurance policies out of reach.  QTIC has raised this as an urgent issue in relevant state and federal forums, including with federal members of Parliament .  The inquiry announced now will look specifically at addressing these various concerns.  While this inquiry is focused on the small business sector, we are quite aware that the problem is affecting all businesses and we will continue to pursue the issue at all levels. 

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  • July 2020 Update: From the Chief Executive

    While Queensland finds itself in a very enviable situation compared to most parts of the world and the nation, we are a long way from a full recovery in our industry.

    The situation in Victoria and the uncertainty about NSW’s infection trajectory is keeping both government and industry on high alert. We all have an interest in avoiding a slide back into more severe restrictions, let alone a hard border closure. It is a fine line, not least given that a lot of community sentiment appears to favour a more drastic isolation of Queensland.

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  • Shaping our Young Tourism Leaders

    The next generation of tourism leaders are stepping up to the plate by nearing completion of the QTIC Young Professionals Mentoring Program. 
    This year has had the biggest intake yet with 45 young professionals being matched with experienced tourism industry leaders from across the state.  
    QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said the future of tourism depended on the passion, commitment and skills of young tourism professionals.  

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  • Amendments to COVID-Safe Industry Plan & Events Framework

    The Queensland Government has made further amendments to the restrictions on businesses and activities relevant to the tourism and events industry. 

    These changes have taken immediate effect and include: 

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