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Tourism Industry Development

Tourism is an important driver of the Queensland economy, creating jobs, attracting investment and sustaining communities.

The Queensland Government has a long-term commitment to grow the state’s $27 billion tourism industry and cement Queensland’s position as a world-leading tourism destination.

The Tourism Industry Development Department is responsible for tourism policy, tourism investment attraction, infrastructure and access, industry engagement and innovation as well as major events.

The Department works with its partners, Tourism and Events Queensland and the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, to strengthen and grow Queensland's visitor economy.

In addition, Tourism Development Projects is a specialised work unit within the department that achieves economic development outcomes through delivery of Integrated Resort Developments (IRD), Global Tourism Hubs (GTH) and other initiatives supported by Government.

Tourism Development Projects manages Queen's Wharf Brisbane, the State’s Global Tourism Hub (GTH) program including the Tropical North GTH, ,Gold Coast GTH, Adventure and Nature Based Tourism including Wangetti Trail and other projects including possible redevelopment of Rockhampton's Browne Park.

  • Great Barrier Reef Island Resorts Rejuvenation Program

    The Great Barrier Reef is one of Queensland’s most celebrated attractions and a fundamental ingredient in the State’s tourism future. Island resorts are an iconic part of the tourism offering and essential to attracting new and return visitors to the Great Barrier Reef.

    The Queensland Government is investing $25 million to deliver the Great Barrier Reef Island Resorts Rejuvenation Program and 10 Great Barrier Reef island resort projects have been awarded funding through a contestable fund for a range of initiatives focusing on the objectives of growing, greening and cleaning.

    The projects are geographically spread from Far North Queensland, through the Whitsundays and to the Southern Great Barrier Reef regions.

    Green Island

    Rejuvenate visitor public facilities, providing newer and greener technologies for energy and waste management and removal of the decommissioned underwater observatory.

    Far North Queensland

    Bedarra Island Resort

    Significant enhancements to resort infrastructure increasing solar, water capacity and waste treatment which is expected to allow year round operation.

    North Queensland

    Orpheus Island

    Installation of new renewable energy infrastructure and waste reduction equipment.

    North Queensland

    Pelorus Island Installation of renewable energy infrastructure and desalination unit in advance of the opening of the new Pelorus Island Lodge.

    North Queensland

    South Molle Island

    Reconstruct the jetty that was severely damaged by ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie. Rebuilding the jetty and site remediation will allow day trippers access to the island’s walking trails and assist in the new resort to be developed.


    Hamilton Island

    New facilities for day-tripper and resort guests including a new marina terminal, enhanced walking trails and new viewing platforms on Passage Peak, new water, sewerage and waste facilities.


    Hayman Island

    Resort infrastructure to support growth and resilience and greener technologies to improve water, energy and waste management.


    Hook Island

    Reactivate resort site which has not operated since February 2013. Funding will be used to clean up the site, remove damaged buildings and install a range of day trip facilities.


    Wilson Island

    Re-opening the island as an eco-tourism destination with glamping tents, renewable energy and environmentally secure waste management.

    Southern Great Barrier Reef

    Lady Elliot Island

    Increase renewable energy infrastructure to fast-track the Resort’s goal of running on 100 per cent renewable energy from 2020. Funding will also be used to help develop a nature-based eco-tourism experience including installing eco-glamping tents to open up a new market segment.

    Southern Great Barrier Reef

    For further information, please contact the Great Barrier Reef Island Resorts Rejuvenation Program team

    via email at

  • Great Keppel Island Rejuvenation Pilot

    The Queensland Government is committed to growing tourism on Great Keppel Island (GKI) by providing $25 million towards common user infrastructure for the island. This commitment is being delivered by the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games (DITID), in partnership with Livingstone Shire Council.

    A newsletter has been developed to provide project updates to interested parties. The newsletter provides information about the GKI Rejuvenation Project and current status of the project.

    If you would like to receive future project updates, please subscribe to

  • Tourism Recovery Fund

    A Tourism Recovery Fund, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments was provided to assist tourism operators located in the Whitsunday Local Government Area recover from the effects of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

    The Tourism Recovery Fund facilitated recovery through rebuilding and/or creating new tourism experiences/infrastructure that will drive demand, improve quality, and increase tourism expenditure, with flow-on economic benefits across the tourism supply chain.

    Applications for tourism recovery funding have now closed. For information on each of the projects funded under the Tourism Recovery Fund, refer to the Tourism Whitsundays website.

    If you have any questions, please contact the department on

  • Advancing Tourism 2016–20

    Advancing Tourism 2016–20 is the Queensland Government's plan to grow tourism and jobs. It seeks to capitalise on the opportunity afforded by unprecedented growth in tourism to increase market share and boost tourism jobs by targeting 4 priority areas:

    • grow quality products, events and experiences
    • invest in infrastructure and access
    • build a skilled workforce and business capabilities and
    • seize the opportunity in Asia.
  • DestinationQ

    DestinationQ is a partnership between the Queensland Government, Tourism and Events Queensland and the Queensland Tourism Industry Council to support ongoing engagement between industry and government to identify key priorities to drive growth and jobs in Queensland's tourism industry.

    Information about the DestinationQ partnership, events and a range of other resources about Queensland’s tourism industry are available on the DestinationQ website.

  • Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund

    The Growing Tourism Infrastructure (GTI) Fund will realise the government’s vision for future-proofing the tourism industry.

    The GTI Fund forms an instrumental element of the Queensland Government’s economic development agenda – to build resilient businesses, regions and communities by creating sustainable new jobs and increasing visitor expenditure.

    The Fund has now closed with funding outcomes expected to be announced in the near future.

    For more information email the team via

  • Attracting Tourism Fund

    The $48.6 million Attracting Tourism Fund (ATF) aims to increase economic contribution, jobs and overnight visitor expenditure (OVE) to the state by generating new tourism investment. This includes investment in landmark new attractions and major new aviation linkages to position Queensland as the leading tourism destination in Australia.

    Airline route development is a key focus of the ATF program and this will be delivered in part through an allocation of $10 million to the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF).

    The remaining $38.6 million will be invested in targeted projects to expand direct access opportunities to grow markets and game changing infrastructure and experiences.

    The objectives of the ATF are to:

    • grow aviation access from priority source markets that offer long-term potential for Queensland through establishing new or expanding existing aviation services
    • facilitate the development of infrastructure and experiences that will attract, grow and sustain visitation from identified markets with flow-on economic benefits to Queensland’s visitor economy
    • facilitate planning improvement opportunities to enable tourism growth.

    The ATF is being managed and delivered jointly by the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games and Tourism and Events Queensland.

    For information on eligibility, assessment criteria and how to apply, please take a look at the ATF Industry Guidelines and FAQ's.

    Recipients of the Attracting Tourism Fund to date

    Quandamooka Art, Museum and Performance Institute (QUAMPI)QUAMPI will be a signature cultural tourism experience, bringing together ancient artefacts with contemporary art, music, dance and performance, as well as inviting international First Nation artists to be part of exhibitions and events.North Stradbroke Island
    Wangetti Trail - Mowbray North ProjectFunding provided to complete the seven kilometre 'Mowbray North' component of the 94 kilometre Wangetti Trail.
    The Wangetti Trail will be one of Australia's leading adventure-based eco-tourism experiences, showcasing the beauty of the Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef,
    Mowbray North, Douglas Shire

    For any enquiries, please contact

  • Outback Tourism Infrastructure Fund

    The $10 million Outback Tourism Infrastructure (OTI) Fund will contribute to realising the government’s vision for Outback Queensland as a tourism destination of choice.

    Fifteen projects have been awarded OTI funding to attract more tourists to outback Queensland and encourage them to stay in the regions longer.

    The successful OTI recipients are spread right across the state – from Adels Grove and Cobbold Gorge in the north, all the way down to Roma and Cunnamulla in the south. The much needed tourism infrastructure will help to draw visitors to Queensland’s fantastic array of tourism offerings.

    The majority of projects have already commenced construction of their infrastructure, with all works to be completed by 30 June 2021.

    Recipients of Outback Tourism Infrastructure Funding

    Adels Grove Camp ParkConference Room & Camp KitchenLawn Hill
    Barcaldine Regional CouncilFreedom ParksAramac, Jericho & Muttaburra
    Cobbold GorgeGlass BridgeForsayth
    Diamantina Shire CouncilCourt House Hologram ProjectBirdsville
    D Neal and T M Neal5 Star Eco LodgesLongreach
    Maranoa Regional CouncilBigger Big Rig and Tree WalkRoma
    McKinlay Shire CouncilArtesian Baths & LandscapingJulia Creek
    Mount Isa City CouncilRiversleigh Fossil Centre RevitalisationMount Isa
    Murweh Shire CouncilExperience the Brisbane LineCharleville
    Outback Aussie ToursOutback Rail AdventureLongreach
    Outback Gondwana FoundationGondwana Dinosaur InterpretationEromanga
    Paroo Progress AssociationAll Aboard! Time Travel After DarkCunnamulla
    Qantas Founders MuseumSuper Conny InteriorLongreach
    North Gregory HotelDinosaur Dreaming TrailWinton/Barcaldine
    Yambangku Aboriginal CorporationYambangku – Hands Sharing on CountryBarcaldine

    For more information on the OTI please email

  • Tourism Industry Business Capability Development Program

    The $3 million Tourism Industry Business Capability Development program will assist the tourism industry to build its capability so businesses are more competitive, adaptive and resilient and visitors can enjoy a consistently high standard of experience across the state.

    Digital Skills and Trade Readiness are the focus for the first year of the program, with workshops and mentoring sessions on offer throughout Queensland.

    All tourism businesses across Queensland are encouraged to participate – regardless of whether they are a member of peak body or Regional Tourism Organisation. It is particularly suited to small to medium sized enterprises and young businesses with growth ambitions.

    The Queensland Government signed an agreement with the Queensland Tourism Industry Association (QTIC) to deliver the program throughout state in conjunction with Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) and other industry stakeholders.

    The program will be delivered over three years until 30 June 2021

    More information on the program and how to register is available on the QTIC website.


  • Deliver the $33.5 million Advance Queensland: Connecting with Asia Strategy, part of the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland agenda.
  • Deliver the Young Tourism Leaders program to provide role models for young people considering a career in tourism.
  • Attract tourism investment and infrastructure and encourage the private sector to partner with government
  • Attract new direct flights to Queensland, especially from Asia, in collaboration with Queensland airports.
  • Encourage ecotourism investment and tourism ventures that protect and showcase the Queensland's natural assets, including the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Deliver initiatives under the DestinationQ partnership to bring together government and industry to grow Queensland jobs.
  • Work with Tourism and Events Queensland to attract new major events to the state that will draw increasing numbers of visitors.
  • Partner with the Queensland Tourism Industry Council to address priority issues impacting on tourism and events.
  • Work with Regional Tourism Organisations to develop Queensland's tourism industry.
  • Work with the tourism industry to deliver Destination Success: the 20-year plan for Queensland tourism, a long-term plan supported by short-term action plans.
  • The Queensland Government is committed to growing tourism in Outback Queensland and solidifying its position as a tourism destination of choice. Outback tourism funding will help to establish new tourism infrastructure (PDF), with projects located from Adels Grove and Cobbold Gorge in the north, through central Queensland all the way down to Roma and Cunnamulla in the south.

Information for Businesses

Business Queensland provides a wealth of information to assist tourism businesses, including information on:

  • starting a business
  • marketing your business
  • funding and support
  • investing in Queensland's tourism industry.

For further information on any of the tourism initiatives led by the department, please contact

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Last updated: 24 Sep 2019