• QTIC Announces a New ‘Top Tourism Town’ Awards

    The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) is excited to present a new tourism program in 2021 to recognise Queensland’s diverse and outstanding regional destinations.

    QTIC’s Top Tourism Town Awards aim to recognise and reward towns that offer an amazing visitor experience, where tourism operators, businesses, and the local community work together to make their town the best destination.

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  • Have your say: Insurance Survey

    Sourcing insurance cover has emerged as a significant challenge in the economic recovery of tourism businesses in Queensland and across Australia.

    The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) is currently facilitating a project that seeks to identify the specific issues of concern in relation to insurance for tourism and hospitality businesses in Queensland and nationally.  

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  • Greater Brisbane 10 Day Restrictions

    A significant and positive step today after the lockdown measures on Friday. The Premier announced this morning that most of the lockdown measures for Greater Brisbane would ease from 6:00 PM tonight. This follows another day of no local COVID cases and is the best possible outcome. Residual measures will remain in place for the next ten days to Friday 22 January, specifically the mask requirements for many activities. 

    Unfortunately, social distancing requirement for restaurants and hospitality venues over 200 square metres will go back to 1 guest per 4 square metres and dinners will need to be seated. Venues under 200 square metres will remain at 1 per 2 square metres.  

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  • Greater Brisbane 3 Day Lockdown

    As you most likely have heard, the Premier this morning announced that four local government areas (Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton and Redland City) will be placed under restrictions from 6:00 PM tonight, similar to the lockdown measures in March 2020.

    This measure is taken in response to the confirmed case of a quarantine hotel worker who tested positive to the more infectious UK strain of the COVID virus. The infected person visited several locations and all close contacts are now being investigated to limit any spread.

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  • December Update: From the Chief Executive

    We had all hoped that year would end on an increasingly smooth path towards recovery but 2020 seems determined to cause drama until the very end.

    The latest COVID cases on the Northern Beaches of Sydney are a reminder that the crisis and the pain for tourism is far from over.  Perhaps worst of all, confidence of travellers is being shaken again which will be one of concerning legacies of this year.

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  • Celebrating 10 Years of Champions

    Over 120 business leaders, employers, government representatives, tourism organisations, native title holders and community organisations united at the Pullman Hotel in Brisbane to discuss and strategies opportunities for First Nations tourism in Queensland.

    The event was hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry (QTIC) Council under guidance from the QTIC Indigenous Champions Network, celebrating ten years of initiatives through the network.

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  • October 2020 Update: From the Chief Executive

    It is hard to know which topic is the most pressing for our industry at this time. In less than a week, we will know who Queenslanders want to lead the state for the next four years.

    Either way – or with a hung Parliament – QTIC will continue to make the case that a strong and well-supported tourism industry it critical for this state and its recovery. We have taken our election priorities to all candidates and we have seen a number of announcements from both major parties that give us some confidence that we are being heard. Of course, election promises are just that, promises. During the next term of government, a lot of real action will have to take place to make sure tourism can not only recover but can power-up the economy and the community. This will also mean clear policy settings to give businesses confidence and certainty, including ongoing COVID-related restrictions. In this context, I draw your attention to the national “to-do list” released by the Business Council of Australia (BCA), calling for a clear path out of border restriction, both internal and international. It is based on a sobering assessment of the cost of travel restrictions and the loss of aviation links.

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  • Industry Welcomes LNP’s $50 Million Destination Marketing Fund

    The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) welcomes the announcement by Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington for an LNP Government to back tourism.

    The announcement is focused on a $50 million fund for an all-out destination 'marketing blitz' which will be directly allocated to Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs).

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  • Industry Welcomes ALP Tourism Announcements

    The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) welcomed today’s election announcement by the Premier, Hon Annastacia Palaczszuk, of tourism initiatives under her future government.  The Premier made the announcements today at the Sunshine Coast.  

    QTIC Chief Executive, Daniel Gschwind said, “Tourism operators and employees are watching eagerly to see how the major parties propose to work with the tourism industry to unlock its potential to drive Queensland’s economic recovery. 

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  • CrisisReady program helps tourism operators prepare for the unexpected

    This United Nations’ International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) joins with two Queensland global leaders, EarthCheck and Entegy, to help Queensland tourism operators to respond to and manage recovery from a crisis event. Through the CrisisReady program, businesses can build capacity to prepare for a crisis event and develop a response and continuity plan.

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