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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 $25 billion tourism industry and cement Queensland’s position as a world-leading tourism destination.

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

The Special Projects Unit is a specialised work unit within the department that achieves economic development outcomes through delivery of integrated resort development (IRD) projects, global tourism hub (GTH) projects and other initiatives supported by government. The Special Projects Unit manages Queen's Wharf Brisbane and the State’s Global Tourism Hub (GTH) program including Tropical North Queensland.

The Queensland Government has a plan for tourism through the following initiatives:

  • Tourism Recovery Fund

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

    The Tourism Recovery Fund will facilitate 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 closed on 23 October 2017. Applications are currently being assessed and applicants will be advised on the status of their application in due course. Successful applicants will be required to enter into a legally binding funding agreement with the Regional Tourism Organisation, Tourism Whitsundays. Standard terms and conditions of the funding agreement can be obtained by emailing

    For further information on the Tourism Recovery Fund, refer to the Tourism Recovery Fund Frequently Asked Questions.

    Further updates on the Tourism Recovery Fund will continue to be provided on this page.

    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.
  • State of the Industry

    The 2016 State of the Industry report showcases the success of the Queensland tourism industry over the past 12 months. The report covers key highlights across government and industry, and insights from the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, the regional tourism organisation network as well as research from our university partners.

  • 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.

    The annual DestinationQ Forum is the state’s flagship tourism event and brings together representatives from the tourism industry, government, regional organisations and educational institutions. In 2017, the Forum was held in Brisbane on 9 November 2017, coinciding with the Queensland Tourism Awards Gala Ceremony on 10 November 2017.

    In addition to DestinationQ Forum in Brisbane, regional DestinationQ events were held in Bundaberg, Gladstone and Toowoomba.

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


  • As part of the 2016-17 State Budget, the government announced the $33.5 million Advance Queensland: Connecting with Asia Strategy. This strategy is part of the Queensland Government’s $420 million accelerated Advance Queensland agenda.
  • Deliver the annual DestinationQ Forum to bring together government and industry to grow Queensland jobs.
  • 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.
  • Work with TEQ to attract new major events to the state that will draw increasing numbers of visitors.
  • Deliver the Young Tourism Leaders program to provide role models for young people considering a career in tourism.
  • Attract new direct flights to Queensland, especially from Asia, in collaboration with Queensland airports.
  • Partner with Queensland Tourism Industry Council to address priority issues impacting on tourism and events.
  • Encourage ecotourism investment and tourism ventures that protect and showcase the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Attract tourism investment and infrastructure and encourage the private sector to partner with government.

Information for Businesses

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

  • starting a business
  • marketing your business
  • tourism service quality toolkit
  • tourism pathways tool (helps tourism businesses find support programs)
  • 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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