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.
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.
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.
Installation of new renewable energy infrastructure and waste reduction equipment.
Pelorus Island Installation of renewable energy infrastructure and desalination unit in advance of the opening of the new Pelorus Island Lodge.
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.
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.
Resort infrastructure to support growth and resilience and greener technologies to improve water, energy and waste management.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 GKIproject@ditid.qld.gov.au.
Tourism Recovery Fund
Advancing Tourism 2016-20
- grow quality products, events and experiences
- invest in infrastructure and access
- build a skilled workforce and business capabilities and
- seize the opportunity in Asia.
Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund
Attracting Tourism Fund
- 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.
Recipients of the Attracting Tourism Fund to date
Project Description Location 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 Project Funding 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
Outback Tourism Infrastructure Fund
Recipients of Outback Tourism Infrastructure Funding
RECIPIENT PROJECT TITLE LOCATION Adels Grove Camp Park Conference Room & Camp Kitchen Lawn Hill Barcaldine Regional Council Freedom Parks Aramac, Jericho & Muttaburra Cobbold Gorge Glass Bridge Forsayth Diamantina Shire Council Court House Hologram Project Birdsville D Neal and T M Neal 5 Star Eco Lodges Longreach Maranoa Regional Council Bigger Big Rig and Tree Walk Roma McKinlay Shire Council Artesian Baths & Landscaping Julia Creek Mount Isa City Council Riversleigh Fossil Centre Revitalisation Mount Isa Murweh Shire Council Experience the Brisbane Line Charleville Outback Aussie Tours Outback Rail Adventure Longreach Outback Gondwana Foundation Gondwana Dinosaur Interpretation Eromanga Paroo Progress Association All Aboard! Time Travel After Dark Cunnamulla Qantas Founders Museum Super Conny Interior Longreach North Gregory Hotel Dinosaur Dreaming Trail Winton/Barcaldine Yambangku Aboriginal Corporation Yambangku – Hands Sharing on Country Barcaldine
Tourism Industry Business Capability Development Program
- 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 email@example.com
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Last updated: 24 Sep 2019