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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 Tourism Industry Development division 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, 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:

  • Great Keppel Island Rejuvenation Pilot

    The Queensland Government has committed $25 million to grow tourism on Great Keppel Island (GKI) by providing common user power and water 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.

    DITID is currently undertaking a feasibility assessment in consultation with key stakeholders.

    A newsletter has been developed to provide regular 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 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 is facilitating 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.

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

    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.


  • 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.

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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