The Queensland Government’s commitment to creating resilient businesses, regions and communities through a sustainable and growing tourism industry has been cemented with the launch of the $36 million infrastructure fund.
This is part of the government’s election commitments for tourism and was announced in this year’s state budget.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund would involve a two-stage process – Expressions of Interest, and then evaluated shortlisted applicants will be invited to provide a Full Business Case.
“This infrastructure fund which we promised during the election is designed to create new construction and operational jobs and drive more visitors to regional Queensland,” she said.
“We’re looking for applicants to match government support with a minimum $1 million commitment.
“Other requirements include applicants must be able to start within 12 weeks of execution and be completed by 30 June 2021.
“We’ve set these parameters to ensure we deliver the kind of infrastructure that will create jobs in our key tourism destinations.”
Queensland Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said the fund was a welcome investment initiative for the tourism industry that would foster new product development.
“Every year an additional 43 million international visitors are looking for a new tourism experience,” he said.
“And Queensland is lucky to have many of the experiences these visitors are looking for.
“This funding will help businesses become more competitive and secure a growing share of that increasing visitor market.”
For more information about the Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund visit: https://publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/growing-tourism-infrastructure-fund
PHOTO CREDIT: Tourism and Events Queensland