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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.

Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) Program

The federally funded Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) program supports the delivery of infrastructure projects in Queensland that contribute to the Australian Government’s Tourism 2020 outcomes by driving demand and increasing Queensland’s overnight visitor expenditure and flow-on economic benefits across the tourism supply chain. The 2017-18 funding round closed on 6 December 2016.

Projects that have been successful in securing TDDI funding in previous rounds include: the Field of Dreams Parkland Upgrade (Sarina), construction of Sapphire Gemfields Interpretive Trail, the Maryborough to Hervey Bay Rail Trail and the Noosa National Park Coastal Walking Track and Interpretation.

Other resources

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

Camping Options Toolkit – a guide for local government in developing camping options

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.

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

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