The Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games has transitioned to the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games.

We are continuing to update this website working with other Queensland Government departments.

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 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 has committed up to $25 million (excluding GST) to deliver the Great Barrier Reef Island Resort Rejuvenation Program, which includes a contestable Great Barrier Reef Island Resorts Rejuvenation Fund (the Fund) available to eligible resort owners and operators (including leaseholders) to assist in rejuvenating the resorts on Great Barrier Reef Islands.

    Funding will be available up to $5 million (excluding GST) per application for eligible activities. Funding will need to be matched dollar for dollar by the applicant through an equal cash contribution. The minimum matched funding application is $0.5 million (excluding GST).

    Applications for the Fund open 1 August 2018 and close 5pm (AEST) 1 October 2018.

    Further information on the fund including guidelines, FAQs, application form and the Financial Incentive Agreement template, can be found on the Publications Portal.

    Industry briefings are being held in conjunction with the Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund briefings:

    DateLocationVenueTime
    Tuesday 14 August Airlie Beach Peppers
    Mt Whitsunday Drive, Airlie Beach
    5pm - 7pm
    Wednesday 15 August Yeppoon Salt
    32-34 Anzac Parade, Yeppoon
    4pm - 7pm
    Thursday 16 August Cairns Shangri-La Hotel
    Pierpoint Road, Cairns
    1pm - 4pm
    Friday 17 August Townsville Townsville Enterprise
    Enterprise House, 6 The Stand, Townsville
    9am - 12pm
    Thursday 23 August Gladstone Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited
    72 Bryan Jordan Drive
    1pm - 2pm

    For further information, please contact the Great Barrier Reef Island Resorts Rejuvenation Program team via email at gbrtourism@ditid.qld.gov.au or phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

  • 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@ditid.qld.gov.au

  • 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 tourism@ditid.qld.gov.au.

  • 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 – build resilient businesses, regions and communities by creating sustainable new jobs and increasing visitor expenditure.

    Minimum funding of $500 000 (GST exclusive) is available on a dollar for dollar matched cash contribution basis for eligible capital works for tourism projects that are construction ready. Recipients must be able to execute a Financial Incentive Agreement by 30 June 2019. Priority will be given to projects that can be completed and operational within 12 months of executing the agreement.

    Successful applicants will receive up to 50 per cent reimbursement of costs for eligible and approved capital works up to the approved funding amount (excluding GST).

    Funding decisions under the GTI Fund will be made following a two-stage assessment process – an Expression of Interest (EOI) stage and a Full Business Case stage for shortlisted EOI applicants.

    For information on eligibility and Stage One EOI evaluation criteria, take a look at the GTI Fund Guidelines. Submission of an EOI does not guarantee the applicant will be asked to submit a Full Business Case application for further consideration.

    Stage One EOI applications open 27 July 2018 and last applications will be accepted prior to 5:00 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on 7 September 2018.

    The EOI application form is available online.

    All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their EOI application. Applicants successful at the EOI stage will be directly invited to submit a Full Business Case application.

    Growing Tourism Infrastructure (GTI) Fund – Industry Briefings

    Date

    Location

    Venue

    Timing

    Thursday 2 August

    Bundaberg

    Fairymead House
    Thornhill Street, Bundaberg North

    11:00am – 2:00pm

    Friday 3 August

    Sunshine Coast

    Visit Sunshine Coast
    10 Electra Lane, Marcoola

    8:30am – 11:30am

    Tuesday 7 August

    Gold Coast

    Mercure Gold Coast Resort
    64 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara

    9:00am – 12:00pm

    Thursday 9 August

    Toowoomba

    Empire Theatres
    54-56 Neil Street, Toowoomba

    10:00am – 1:00pm

    Tuesday 14 August

    Airlie Beach

    Peppers
    Mt Whitsunday Drive, Airlie Beach

    5:00pm – 7:00pm

    Wednesday 15 August

    Yeppoon

    Salt
    32-34 Anzac Parade, Yeppoon

    4:00pm – 7:00pm

    Thursday 16 August

    Cairns

    Shangri-La Hotel
    Pierpoint Road, Cairns

    1:00pm – 4:00pm

    Friday 17 August

    Townsville

    Townsville Enterprise
    Enterprise House, 6 The Stand, Townsville

    9:00am – 12:00pm

    For more information email: growingti@ditid.qld.gov.au

  • 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 supporting 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 any enquiries, please contact ATF@ditid.qld.gov.au

  • 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. The OTI Fund is a key 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. Funds are available for delivery of tourism infrastructure projects that will deliver engaging and memorable visitor experiences which in turn will stimulate economic development and increase overnight visitor numbers and expenditure in Outback Queensland.

    OTI funded projects must be worth at least $100,000 and will need to align with the following priority areas:

    • invest in new tourism infrastructure and products
    • create new jobs in both construction and on-going operational phases
    • increase overnight visitor numbers and expenditure.

    In addition, projects should:

    • be aligned to the strategic priorities in the Outback Queensland Destination Tourism Plan OR
    • be able to demonstrate a strong link to a tourist trail opportunity OR
    • show that a number of tourism businesses could benefit from the project.

    For information on eligibility, assessment criteria and how to apply, take a look at the OTI Fund Guidelines or email the team via outbackTI@ditid.qld.gov.au

Initiatives

  • 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 tourism@ditid.qld.gov.au

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