• Tourism support package provides uplift for aviation but leaves many tourism businesses with concerns for the future

    Message from our Chief Executive, Daniel Gschwind

    The Federal Government’s tourism support package, announced overnight, provides significant support for airlines, specifically to allow them to keep 8,600 employees in place for the international network capacity. There is also substantial relief for security and other airport charges, which is well accepted.
    The high profile subsidy for 800,000 domestic airfares will also boost aviation demand and hopefully lead to notable increases in capacity in the domestic network. No doubt consumers will enthusiastically welcome the opportunity of cheap flights. Queensland has done comparatively well with 13 of the 33 subsidies routes leading to four of the state’s destinations (Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Whitsundays and Cairns). The other regions will be less impressed. Notably, Brisbane, a major tourism destination affected by COVID, is also not on the list, other than access to Uluru, Alice Springs and Launceston.

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  • Tourism Industry Welcomes $40 Million Indigenous Tourism Fund to Assist Recovery

    In the Year of Indigenous Tourism, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) welcomes the announcement by the federal government for a $40 million Indigenous Tourism Fund to assist the recovery of the industry.

    QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said this is great news for the industry as tourism operators struggle to stay afloat due to the impacts of COVID-19.

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  • Tourism in Action - Message from Daniel (February)

    Despite the ongoing challenges facing most tourism operators, we found some reasons to be inspired and feel more positive last week. Our QTIC start-of-the-year event brought together nearly 300 motivated guests, as well as the Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation, Hon Stirling Hinchliffe; Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry, Michael Healy; Minister for Employment, Small Business and Training, Hon Di Farmer; Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Tourism, David Crisafulli; and Shadow Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development, Stephen Bennett.

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  • Prizes for Winners of Top Tourism Town Awards

    Don’t miss the chance for your town to be named Queensland’s TOP TOURISM TOWN or TOP SMALL TOURISM TOWN. Great prizes are on offer for the winners of both Awards: 

    • Top Tourism Town Award – those with a population over 5,000   
    • Top Small Tourism Town Award – those with a population below 5,000   

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  • Tourism industry united nationally in calling for post-March business support


    National and state tourism bodies have been united this week in urging the Commonwealth Government to provide targeted support for tourism operators set to struggle beyond the scheduled end date for the JobKeeper program.

    QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said, “JobKeeper has been a highly effective lifeline for tens of thousands of businesses in our industry. Many will still struggle to survive without some support as long as international borders remain shut and uncertainty remains over domestic travel conditions”.

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  • Tourism in Action - Message from Daniel (January)

    Despite the temporary relief for many operators that the last weekend provided, with strong activity reported from across the state, there can be no illusion that the challenges for us are still significant. 

    The recent backwards step in relation the NZ ‘travel bubble’, the desperate situation for airports, airlines and travel agents, the absence of any business travel, the constraints on events and, of course the consumer uncertainty, are just some of the problem areas our industry is trying to overcome. 

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  • Queensland 2020 Gold List Winners Announced!

    Do you know where to find Queensland’s best holiday accommodation as voted by travellers? 

    The Queensland Tourism Industry Council and Star Ratings Australia are proud to announce the 2020 Gold List of Queensland Accommodation. 

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  • 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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