Year of Indigenous Tourism 2021

We are excited to announce the extension of the Year of Indigenous Tourism to 2021.

Celebrate the Year of Indigenous Tourism with us by using the official logo in your marketing collateral. You can download the logo assets here as well as the style guide which outlines logo usage and meaning. 


Event Subsidy

As part of the Year of Indigenous Tourism, the Queensland Government has supported QTIC to establish and manage a $10,000 event subsidy program to cover the registration fees for eligible First Nations operators/individuals to attend a number of tourism trade events throughout 2021.

Consideration will be given to events that are relevant to the individual/business and provide opportunity to grow professional networks by engaging with potential partners, investors and business operators alike.


First Nations Suppliers

In the spirit of the Year of Indigenous Tourism, QTIC would like to expand our supplier network to incorporate more First Nations businesses. We would like to engage with small to medium sized First Nations businesses on a regular basis across a number of our projects throughout the year.  

We are looking for businesses that offer the following services: 

  • Event photography 
  • Graphic design and media 
  • Printing 
  • Corporate gifts 
  • Authentic artefacts  
  • Catering 
  • Venues 
  • Welcome to Country representation  
  • Cultural Awareness Training 
  • Artists 
  • Traditional Dance Groups 
  • Consultants 

The connections established through this EOI form may be continued beyond 2021 Year of Indigenous Tourism. 

If you would like to nominate your business, or recommend another, please complete the above form and send it through to our Indigenous Program Manager, Rhonda Appo at or on 3236 1445.  

Background about 2020 Year of Indigenous Tourism

To celebrate this monumental year, QTIC is increasing the focus on Indigenous elements in all our yearly events and projects. On this page, you will find all the current Indigenous news, events, and stories that occur throughout the year in the tourism industry.

We are committed to improving Indigenous participation in the tourism industry, and coordinate a number of programs and offer a range of resources to assist businesses in the recruitment and retention of Indigenous employees including:

For more information on our Indigenous Programs, please email our Indigenous Programs Manager Rhonda Appo on 07 3236 1445 or

Why Does Indigenous Tourism Matter?

  • 12% of all international visitors participated in an Indigenous experience

  • 1 in 6 employed Indigenous people work in tourism

  • Indigenous tourism experiences account for 2 million visitors to Queensland each year

Tourism and Events Queensland released a benchmark report examining the Indigenous tourism sector in Qld. This study is the first of its kind in Queensland and demonstrates how important cultural experiences are to Queensland’s tourism industry both for domestic and international visitors.
Queensland Indigenous Tourism Sector Analysis