Making history - Launching the Queensland First Nations Tourism Council

To facilitate the development of Indigenous tourism in Queensland, QTIC is pleased to announce the formation of the Queensland First Nations Tourism Council (QFNTC).
After extensive consultations between QTIC, government bodies and First Nations communities across Queensland, the independent peak body will officially launch in June 2022 and serve as a collective voice and advocate for First Nations tourism in Queensland.

The concept of forming a dedicated peak industry body for Indigenous tourism was first raised in 2017 at QTIC's First Nations tourism event, Destination IQ, where event participants called for the development of an Indigenous tourism strategy. From this discussion, the Queensland First Nations Tourism Plan 2020-2025 was produced, with the establishment of an independent peak body for Indigenous tourism forming an integral pillar of the strategic Plan.

While the establishment of the QFNTC has been facilitated by QTIC, the not-for-profit association will exist as an independent and separate entity to QTIC. Moving forward, the QFNTC will serve its members, stakeholders, and First Nations tourism as a wholly independent industry body.

The formation of Queensland's very own First Nations Tourism Council is an integral step in the advancement of Indigenous tourism within our state. To meet growing consumer demand for cultural experiences and facilitate the expansion of our First Nations visitor economy, it is critical that Indigenous tourism have its own voice by which to advocate and strategise.

On behalf of the QFNTC Interim Board, QTIC invites everyone within our industry to take advantage of waived membership fees and become part of Queensland tourism history by joining the Queensland First Nations Tourism Council as an inaugural member.

Whether you are an Indigenous-owned business or have an interest in advancing First Nations tourism and forming connections within this developing sector of our industry, we encourage you to learn more about membership levels and become an inaugural member of QFNTC.

Brett Fraser

Cameron Costello
Interim chair, QFNTC Board
Deputy Chair, QTIC Board