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Tourism Planning and Development

Tourism is recognised as a state interest in the State Planning Policy, and the Queensland Government is committed to creating an environment for new investment, and revitalisation and redevelopment of the tourism industry.

The Next Generation Tourism Planning is a guideline for planners in Queensland.

The guideline has been developed in consultation with government, stakeholders and industry and is about enabling the efficient delivery of tourism development.

It provides a strong foundation for the development of the industry to consolidate Queensland as a world leading tourism destination.

Read the Next Generation Tourism Planning Guideline.

Regions implementing the framework outlined in the report are helping to position Queensland as a world-leading tourism destination.

Other resources

Inclusive Tourism – a resource to help tourism businesses better understand accessibility requirements and how to become a more accessible and inclusive business.

Best Practice for Roadside Rest Areas in Queensland – a guide to help local governments and community organisations better design and manage roadside rest areas, promote driver safety and enhance the drive tourism experience.

Ecotourism Toolkit – information and guidelines to help developers and investors make informed decisions regarding the development of ecotourism products on different land tenures.

Natural disasters and tourism

While the Queensland Government offers a range of support for the tourism industry to prepare and recover from natural disasters, the Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development has also prepared information to support tourist operators affected by a natural disaster.

What to do when a natural disaster disrupts your travel arrangements

What to do when a natural disaster affects your tourism business

For more information on tourism planning and development support provided by the department, please contact

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Last updated: 03 Dec 2019