• Queensland State Budget QTIC Summary

    The State Budget was handed down by the Hon. Cameron Dick MP, State Treasurer and Minister for Investment on Tuesday 15 June 2021. To see the Budget Papers in full, click here. It must be noted both the state budget and the Queensland economy are in better shape than was anticipated a year ago. It is a more optimistic base for all sectors, including tourism. 
  • World Environment Day – A Competitive Edge for Queensland Tourism

    ‘Ecosystem Restoration’ is the theme for the 2021 UN World Environment Day and what better location to celebrate for the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) than at picturesque Hervey Bay with K’gari on their doorstep.

    QTIC held its annual World Environment Day event on Friday 4 June to inspire operators to consider the opportunities that the industry will have in making sustainability and the environment part of the recovery of tourism – a competitive edge for Queensland in particular.
  • The Regional Tourism Career Roadshow is Coming to Brisbane

    The Regional Tourism Career Roadshow, a project to promote job opportunities and careers in the tourism and hospitality industry will be held in Brisbane on the 25 and 26 May this year.

    Being rolled out to the thirteen tourism regions throughout Queensland, the Roadshow events aim to encourage school leavers, mature age, and people from all backgrounds to consider taking on some of the diverse roles in the tourism and hospitality industry.  There are many career paths in the industry and thousands of job opportunities currently in Queensland, especially as domestic tourism is showing strong signs of recovery.   The two-day events will feature hands-on activities, such as cooking, events planning and tourism tasks, allowing participants to gain a first-hand insight into different career pathways.

  • Tourism in Action: Message from Daniel (May)

    With workforce challenges well and truly on the agenda for our industry, we are very excited to launch the first event of our state-wide Regional Tourism Careers Roadshows this week in Brisbane. QTIC has played a very active role in this space for many years, and this latest initiative is a well-planned action of the Queensland Tourism Workforce Plan, which was developed by the Queensland Government in collaboration with industry. QTIC chairs the committee guiding the action implementation of the plan and the roadshow project is funded by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT). On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, aspiring young people – and some not so young – will engage with industry professionals and employers to encourage them to embark on a fulfilling career in our industry. The event at the TAFE campus at Southbank in Brisbane will be followed by an innovative virtual career event with the opportunity for job seekers to connect directly and personally with employers who are looking for staff. Regional events will follow. We need every practical help to get the pipeline for jobs and skills going! Please contact us if you want to be involved in the regional events.
  • Queensland’s Top Tourism Town Winners Announced!

    Winners have been revealed for Queensland’s hotly contested Top Tourism Town, with 37 outstanding finalists from across the state competing for the top award. The Awards hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) recognise and celebrate towns that excel in providing an outstanding visitor experience.

    Noosa takes the win for the Top Tourism Town Award (population over 5000) while Agnes Water comes out on top of its rivals earning the Top Small Tourism Town Award (population under 5000).

  • Tourism in Action: Message from Daniel (April)

    It is a good feeling, in writing these lines, to be able to reflect on more good news than bad. Easter, the holidays that followed and the long weekend just gone delivered a much-welcomed boost to tourism activity across the state. 

    I was fortunate to spend a day in Longreach last week for the start of the celebrations around Qantas’ 100(+1) years commemorations and the Qantas Founders Museum. The optimism in the Outback for the tourism season is palpable. The main challenge everyone is talking about, like in most other regions, is the lack of skilled staff. At QTIC we remain very focused on that, with efforts at both national and state level to seek solutions.

  • Queensland Top Tourism Town Finalists Announced!

    The finalists are in for Queensland’s Top Tourism Town with 37 towns in the running from across the state. The Awards hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) recognise and celebrate towns that offer an amazing visitor experience.

    QTIC Chief Executive, Daniel Gschwind, said the Awards showcase the great and diverse destinations we have right here in Queensland.

  • Tourism in Action: Message from Daniel (March)

    Sometimes it is hard to remain strong and positive. As much of the East Coast of Australia is drenched in a severe downpour, some businesses have yet another challenge to add to the difficulties they faced over the last 18 months, including bushfires and COVID-19. I can only offer two reassurances to those operators who struggle with all this stress: you are not alone and QTIC will not rest doing everything in its power to support you.
  • 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.