• CrisisReady program helps tourism operators prepare for the unexpected

    This United Nations’ International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) joins with two Queensland global leaders, EarthCheck and Entegy, to help Queensland tourism operators to respond to and manage recovery from a crisis event. Through the CrisisReady program, businesses can build capacity to prepare for a crisis event and develop a response and continuity plan.

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  • Save the Date: Tourism Village Celebration

    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.    

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  • State Election Tourism Priorities

    On the basis of our earlier pre-budget submission and guided by the feedback from our members, we have submitted a summarised tourism priority list for the next term of the Queensland Government. We firmly believe that a vibrant tourism and hospitality sector must be a bi-partisan priority and we always urge all elected representatives to build on success and the strong collaborative spirit that exists in our industry. 

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  • A Federal Budget to Bring Back Confidence

    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.

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  • A Christmas Wish for the Tourism Industry

    The Queensland tourism industry is overjoyed with the announcement today from the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk about the next stages of eased COVID-19 restrictions for the state. 

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  • September 2020 Update: From the Chief Executive

    With a few positive steps towards a return to business for our industry, we continue to advocate on multiple fronts. Easing of border restrictions and operational restrictions remain a priority. The opening of the Queensland border to the ACT and Northern NSW is an encouraging step and will hopefully guide us towards a responsible opening for all of NSW. With excellent health outcomes in Queensland, limits on some aspects of tourism operations have also been eased, including for outdoor events.

    While there are still many restrictions in place, the latest steps will allow more businesses to operate with greater viability. The state-of-play in our industry meanwhile is a story of mixed fortunes. Some of our members, especially in the South East Corner and the Outback are reporting strong activity, while others are still suffering. Not just international visitors are missing, but corporate travel has all but disappeared, as have most of the interstate markets. Not all business can easily ‘pivot’ to the intrastate market.

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  • Grants Gateway: Apply Now

    Sometimes, it can be hard to keep up with the announcement of applicable grants, let alone the process of getting an application completed before the submission deadline.

    QTIC members have exclusive access to a curated list of available grants through our Grants Gateway, including all available COVID-19 support grants.

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  • August 2020 Update: From the Chief Executive

    Are we there yet?

    A journey without a map, without a known path and without visible landmarks takes a toll on our spirits and our energy. It seems we will have to muster all our resilience and collective ingenuity to figure out how we can re-imagine a bright future. Reaching out, working together and sharing our problems and our hopes is more important than ever. The tourism industry is all about people, about bringing them together, about ‘looking up’, about opening our minds and finding that special place. We must be part of the way out of this, for our economy, for our community, for our people and for ourselves.

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  • Queensland Border Closure

    This week’s announcement of the hard border closure to NSW and the ACT was another dispiriting indication that the path out of the COVID-19 crisis will be long and difficult for the community and for the tourism industry.

    Apart from the immediate impact on bookings, travel and flight schedules, perhaps the worst part is that it snuffed out the hope that we were on a straight path to gradually ease restrictions.  We are now back to complete uncertainty, making business and workforce planning very difficult.

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  • Another Crippling Blow

    The tourism industry is left grappling with the announcement by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to close the Queensland border to NSW and ACT, in addition to Victoria.

    The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind voiced his concerns for the future of the tourism industry in these uncertain times.

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