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.
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.
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).
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.
QTIC invites you to a very special end-of-year event to celebrate the tourism industry. The event will be a gathering of friends and colleagues to reconnect, share stories, exchange ideas and enjoy each other's company on the village green.
Guests will be treated to quality cuisine and entertainment as they experience genuine Queensland hospitality. This celebration will focus on the sights and sounds of the Sunshine State and highlight the strength and solidarity of the industry.
The function will comply with the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events in Queensland and the BCEC Site-Specific COVID Safe Plan. Tickets will be limited. Further details available soon.
The Federal Government has delivered a big-spending budget, squarely aimed at boosting consumer confidence with tax and income support measures and also giving businesses tax and grant incentives to invest and employ. It is what the economy needs to recover from the suffocating COVID-constraints. We certainly hope that some of the extra disposable income will be directed towards domestic tourism by cooped up consumers looking for positive experiences. Queensland is well placed to make the most of this opportunity with our diverse regions and destinations. As domestic borders open and air services are restored – including potentially new routes – there is significant potential to make domestic travel more trendy and more ‘Instagramable’ than ever before.