Billion dollar boost to Queensland tourism industry
Queensland’s tourism industry received a $1 billion boost in overnight visitor expenditure in the year to September 2013, showing the Newman Government is delivering on its election promises.
Air New Zealand Sunshine Coast flights take off for another three years
The Sunshine Coast tourism industry is flying high following the announcement that Air New Zealand will extend its seasonal flights from Auckland for another three years.
Airline expansion to boost Queensland jobs, tourism
Brisbane will be home to the third Australian base for budget airline Tigerair Australia from 2014, in a significant boost to the Queensland economy and tourism sector.
International travelers inject an extra $200 million
International visitors spent an extra $200 million in Queensland in the year to September, with a record number of Chinese visitors delivering the extra boost for the tourism industry.
Commonwealth Games Federation ‘impressed’ with Gold Coast 2018 progress
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Coordination Commission has confirmed that the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) are on time and on budget following this week’s visit by the CGF Coordination Commission.
Tourism and Events Queensland targets international growth
Queensland’s tourism industry is set for a further boost with the Newman Government today announcing a refocus of Tourism and Events Queensland’s (TEQ) international operations.
Queensland tourism industry rewarded
Queensland’s tourism operators were honoured last night at the 2013 Queensland Tourism Awards
International art coup falls to earth at GOMA
One of the stars of the international art world, Cai Guo-Qiang will enjoy his first Australian solo exhibition when Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth open at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) tomorrow.
Cricket’s great trophies at The Gabba
The Gabba will play host to more than just the best cricketers from Australia and England during the first few days of the Ashes.
Top season on Fraser Coast after surge of whale sightings
Fraser Coast tourism operators have reported a bumper whale-watching season with both humpbacks and tourists migrating to the destination this year, providing another boost to the local economy.
“Signature Straddie” package to support tourism future
North Stradbroke Island’s eco-tourism industry has been given a $200,000 boost, to help local operators develop new experiences that showcase the Island’s world-class natural beauty.
Outback tourism operators shine
Tourism operators across the Outback have been recognised by their peers at the annual Outback Tourism Awards, held last night in Mt Isa.
2015 Cricket World Cup affordable for all
Queensland is set to get a further economic boost from the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup with thousands of families to benefit from a range of affordable ticketing options announced today.
Gold Coast to host Chinese travel agents for Corroboree 2014
Three hundred of China’s top travel agents who specalise in selling Australian holidays will converge on the Gold Coast for the inaugural Corroboree Greater China in 2014.
Australian PGA Championship tees off on the Gold Coast
The Australian PGA Championship teeing off on the Gold Coast today will deliver a massive boost to the state’s tourism industry with more than 30,000 visitors expected to attend and 400 million television viewers across 40 countries expected to watch the world-class sporting event.
Queensland-Qantas tourism campaigns take off
A major international promotion to entice more UK, US and Hong Kong visitors to travel to Queensland has taken off this month as part of the new $12 million agreement between Queensland and Qantas.
Queensland events receive $1.4 million funding boost
Fifty-two events across the state will share $1.4 million in new funding under the latest round of the Tourism and Events Queensland Regional Development Program.
Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay embarks on Queensland Journey
The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton arrived in Queensland today for a brief tour before continuing on its 288 day tour of the Commonwealth.
Campaign to inspire tourists to book a Queensland turtle encounter
Holiday makers will be encouraged to secure their spot to experience Queensland’s awe-inspiring turtle season, with a new tourism campaign being launched today.
Whitsunday tourism operators shine
Tourism operators throughout the Whitsundays have been recognised by their peers at the annual Whitsundays Tourism Awards, held last night at Whitsundays Sailing Club
North Queensland tourism operators shine
Tourism operators throughout north Queensland have been recognised by their peers at the annual North Queensland Tourism Awards, held last night at Jupiters Townsville Hotel and Casino.
Fraser Coast tourism operators shine
Tourism operators throughout the Fraser Coast have been recognised by their peers at the annual Fraser Coast Tourism Awards, held last night at the Brolga Theatre in Maryborough.
Droves of students set for an outback excursion
Swags of Queensland students will be encouraged to take an excursion to experience Australia’s most authentic classroom in Outback Queensland as part of a new Tourism and Events Queensland marketing campaign, launched this week.
Ensuring happy campers in Queensland
The tourism industry and local government will get their say on how to improve camping and caravanning experiences for travelers with a series of regional workshops being launched in Cairns today.
Gold Coast to star on Australians’ holiday lists this summer
Gold Coast tourism attractions will be the star of screens across Australia from next week, reminding Australians to book a trip to the nation’s playground this summer.
Queensland welcomes first Emirates A380 Brisbane flight
Queensland today welcomed the arrival of the first daily Emirates A380 Dubai-Brisbane-Auckland service in a boost worth an estimated $23 million in visitor expenditure annually.
Commonwealth Games milestone
A major Commonwealth Games milestone was marked today with Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) taking possession of the Gold Coast Parklands.
New app translates into saving lives
The release of a Surf Life Saving Australia smart phone app which provides real time beach and water safety messages in 72 languages aims to save lives on Queensland beaches this summer.
Sunshine Coast on Show with Inaugural Ironman 70.3
The Sunshine Coast will welcome close to 2,000 athletes from around the world to the shores of Mooloolaba as the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast gets off to a running start this weekend.
Sculpture Festival Sees the Gold Coast Swell With Pride
More than 50 sculptures created by artists from across the globe will form an impressive outdoor gallery along Currumbin’s foreshore on the Gold Coast for the 2013 Swell Sculpture Festival.
Queensland scores 2014 Cricket Test
Thousands of Indian travellers and cricket enthusiasts from home and abroad will descend on Brisbane next year with the Gabba confirmed to host an India v Australia Test Match.
Queensland a firm holiday favourite
Queensland remains a favourite holiday destination for Southerners according to new figures released today.
Music’s big names head to Brisbane for BIGSOUND
Arts Minister Ian Walker and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey have welcomed contemporary music industry’s head honchos and top talent to Brisbane for BIGSOUND [10 - 13 September]
Tourism operators to shine in land of the rising sun
Sixteen Queensland tourism operators will travel to Japan this week as part of a tourism trade mission, showcasing the State’s holiday experiences to up to 300 travel wholesalers and retail agents.
Birdsville Races to boost tourism
Outback Queensland is set to receive a significant tourism boost as thousands of visitors flock to Birdsville to experience the region’s iconic racing event which begins tomorrow (6 September).
School children to have a whale of a time on the Fraser Coast
Students from a Gladstone school have won a trip to see the Fraser Coast’s humpback whales after taking part in the ‘Junior Whale Whisperers’ program, an initiative of the ‘Harvey and the Humpbacks’ tourism marketing campaign.
Queensland’s tourism industry continues to grow
International visitor numbers to Queensland continued to climb in the past financial year with Queensland out-pacing other states in terms of growth from several key international markets.
Art star Cai Guo-Qiang reveals Queensland inspiration
Chinese tourists are being encouraged to experience the beauty of Queensland and the breathtaking new art it has inspired as part of the first exhibition in Australia by leading international contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang.
Thousands of Aussies set to flock to Cairns Amateurs
Tropical North Queensland will host thousands of Australian horse racing enthusiasts and spectators at the 2013 Carlton MID Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival which kicks off in Cairns tomorrow.
Outstanding outcome for the Gold Coast Show
The Gold Coast Show will have a new home next year after the Show Society and the Gold Coast Turf Club agreed on a plan to develop a new showground and facilities at the Club’s Bundall precinct.
Queensland’s tourism industry focuses on the future
Building the long-term success of tourism is the focus of a partnership agreement signed between the government and the Queensland tourism industry at the close of the second annual DestinationQ forum
Wanted: Keen ecotourism operator
The Newman Government is offering to invest up to $750,000 in a bid to attract the right operator to establish an ecotourism venture at the World Heritage listed Green Mountains, in Lamington National Park.
Queensland’s tourism industry bouncing back
Queensland’s tourism industry is rebounding, with a strong growth in both domestic and international visitor numbers and expenditure over the past year.
Queensland Ecotourism Plan released
Queensland’s future as Australia’s top nature-based tourism destination is all mapped out, with the release of the Ecotourism Plan 2013-2020, at the second annual DestinationQ forum on the Gold Coast today.
Queensland’s tourism industry counts down to DestinationQ Forum
Excitement is building among Queensland’s tourism industry in anticipation of the second annual DestinationQ Forum to be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on 27 and 28 August.
Gold Coast to host Opera on the Beach
The Gold Coast will take centre stage next year with the region confirmed to host Opera on the Beach, an Australian exclusive of Opera Australia’s The Magic Flute, to be performed on Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta from 9-11 May.
China Southern Airlines to fly daily to Queensland
Queensland’s tourism industry has received another boost today with China Southern Airlines officially confirming it will increase its Guangzhou-Brisbane route to a daily service from 21 November 2013.
Qantas increases access to Queensland for US travellers
More Americans will have access to Queensland each year after Qantas announces that it will increase itsLos Angeles-Brisbane service to daily flights from December.
Regional tourism organisations to receive $3 million in tourism grants
Queensland tourism will receive a major boost with 22 regional projects sharing almost $3 million, as part of the Queensland Government’s Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) Contestable Grants Funding Scheme.
Tourism boost as airport passenger numbers grow
The outlook for Queensland’s tourism industry is bright with passenger numbers soaring through the State’s airports.
First day on the job for Queensland’s ‘Best Job’ Park Ranger
Elisa Detrez, an online marketer from France who beat more than 10,000 applicants for the ‘Best Job in the World’ Park Ranger position, started work in Queensland today.
Tropical North Queensland welcomes Masters
Tropical North Queensland will welcome thousands of athletes and spectators from interstate and overseas as the inaugural Great Barrier Reef Masters Games kicks off in Cairns.
Scoot delivers $100 million tourism boost
Queensland has received an estimated economic boost of $100 million in visitor expenditure thanks to Scoot’s launch of direct flights between Singapore and the Gold Coast just over a year ago.
Business event takes Gold Coast into the future
A range of initiatives has been outlined, which the Newman Government is implementing to reduce red tape by 20 per cent and lower unemployment to 4 per cent by 2018.
Breakfast ‘takes’ Townsville into the digital future
Minister for Small Business Jann Stuckey today outlined a range of initiatives the Newman Government is implementing to reduce red tape by 20 per cent and lower unemployment to 4 per cent by 2018.
Queenslanders meet to shape Commonwealth Games legacy
Queenslanders are continuing to have their say on the legacies they would like the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) to provide their state.
Queensland Government champions small business
Minister for Small Business Jann Stuckey has addressed the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) National Small Business Summit in Brisbane, championing Queensland’s 412,000 small business operators.
Roger Federer confirmed for Brisbane International 2014
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey has announced Roger Federer will travel to Queensland to compete at the Brisbane International 2014.
Queensland extends support for V8 Supercar events
The State Government has secured the three V8 Supercar events for a further three years as part of a deal announced today by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and V8 Supercars.
Noosa to host Global Ecotourism Conference
A leading annual ecotourism conference to be held in Noosa from 18 to 20 November is set to attract hundreds of delegates from around the world.
Major Events boost for South East Queensland
The State Government has added two iconic Queensland events – the Gympie Music Muster and Woodford Folk Festival – to its major calendar.
Countdown begins for Queensland Small Business Week
A diverse calendar of more than 70 activities and events is now scheduled across the State, just one week from the start of Queensland Small Business Week (QSBW)
Deadline approaches for Commonwealth Games legacy survey
Queenslanders have only two more days to respond to an online survey to help shape legacy outcomes for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018)
‘Whitsundays Pictures Presents’ new tourism campaign
Australians will have the chance to contribute to a movie-style script ‘starring’ Whitsundays’ holiday experiences as part of a ground-breaking new tourism campaign.
Community meetings for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games legacy
There are now more opportunities for Queenslanders to speak up about the benefits they would like to see from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
AFL fans converge in Cairns
Tropical North Queensland will welcome thousands of AFL fans into Cazaly’s Stadium tomorrow, as the Richmond Tigers take on the Gold Coast SUNS as part of the annual Toyota AFL Premiership Match in Cairns.
More international flights to Queensland through AirAsia X
Almost 40,000 extra travelers a year will have access to Queensland via an AirAsia X daily service between Kuala Lumpur and the Gold Coast
Bundaberg businesses benefit from flood recovery program
The Queensland Government is today delivering support to a number of small Bundaberg businesses recovering from January’s flood event
Information sessions help get Queensland business investor ready
About 80 Queensland companies have received advice from a panel of experts to help them attract investment after attending a series of information sessions across the state.
Tourism industry looks to the future
A series of workshops looking at the long-term direction of Queensland’s tourism industry were wrapped up on the Sunshine Coast late last week.
A ‘Dedicated Week’ for Queensland Small Business
The Newman Government has dedicated a week in July exclusively for the Queensland small business sector, to highlight its importance and provide opportunities for growth.
Ecotourism to open up Queensland national parks
The Newman Government is set to make Queensland the number one nature-based tourism destination in Australia, with another step towards making national parks more accessible to the public now underway.
Cairns welcomes first NRL Premiership Match
Tropical North Queensland is abuzz with Rugby League excitement as the South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the Gold Coast TItans today in the region’s first ever NRL Premiership Match – ‘Rumble at the Reef’.
Queensland’s ‘Best Job’ Park Ranger finalists arrive for final challenge
The final three candidates for Queensland’s Best Job, the ‘Park Ranger’, were today welcomed to the State by Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey as they complete their applications and embark on a final quest for the dream job.
Mossman business wins Premier’s sustainability award
A Tropical North Queensland business has been recognized as a leader in sustainability, winning the Small Business category at the 2013 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.
Cairns secure 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships
In another major event coup for Tropical North Queensland, Cairns will host the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships.
Australian’s ‘spend’ holidays in Queensland
Queensland’s popularity as Australia’s holiday State continues to grow with visitors staying longer and spending more than anywhere else in the country, according to new figures released today.
QPAC’s Bolshoi Ballet Season sells out
The Bolshoi Ballet season has sold out before the first performance of The Bright Stream springs in to action tonight.
‘Adventurous’ festival puts Tropical North on show
Thousands of Australian and international athletes and spectators have descended on Tropical North Queensland for one of the State’s major events – the Cairns Airport Adventure Festival.
International holidaymakers lead tourism growth for Queensland
More overseas visitors are coming to Queensland, led by a six per cent boost in international holidaymakers.
Newman Government acts to help small business
One million people have found better ways to do business in Queensland by logging on to the Newman Government’s whole-of-government Business and Industry Portal.
Tourism and Events development to drive visitation
The future of Queensland’s tourism industry looks bright with more than $100 million to be invested in the sector as part of the Newman Government’s 2013-14 Budget.
Momentum building for Commonwealth Games
The Newman Government has allocated more than $100 million to the Commonwealth Games in 2013-14, as part of its commitment to build a stronger, more prosperous Queensland.
$1.5 million funding boon for regional Queensland events
Thirty-nine regional Queensland events will share $1.5 million in new funding under the latest round of Tourism and Events Queensland’s Regional Development Program (RDP).
Flood affected regional events receive financial boost
Special financial support packages will help reschedule regional events affected by floods earlier this year.
New tourism campaign promotes – ‘Where great begins’
A new marketing initiative promoting the beauty and accessibility of the Southern Great Barrier Reef will roll out this month to entice more south east Queenslanders to the region.
Queensland makes an offer to tourism investors
More than 100 international and domestic investors and investors and financiers tonight converged on Brisbane to hear how the Newman Government is making it easier to do business in Queensland.
Broadbeach tourism gets a boost from the Blues
The Gold Coast tourism industry will receive a boost this week with tens of thousands of visitors expected to converge on the annual Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival.
New 5-star hotel for Brisbane CBD
The Newman Government has finalized the sale of the former Brisbane Supreme and District Courts in George Street, allowing for the largest single development to date in the Brisbane CBD.
Cairns to host two Mountain Bike World Cups
Cairns will be the focus of international sports fans when it hosts the UCI Mountain Bike World Cups in 2014 and 2016.
Lights, camera… “And Action” on Gold Coast tourism campaign
A new blockbuster Gold Coast tourism campaign ‘And Action’ will grace the silver screen from this Sunday.
State-wide tourism workshops developing a 20-year plan
The long-term direction of Queensland’s tourism industry is under the spotlight at workshops across the state to discuss how the industry will be more competitive and successful over the next 20 years.
Registrations now open for DestinationQ 2013
Registrations have opened for this year’s much anticipated DestinationQ forum, the Queensland Government’s peak industry event for tourism.
Emirates decision a major boost to Queensland tourism
Almost 100,000 additional tourists a year will be able to visit Brisbane with Emirates’ first regular A830 services into the city.
Festival serves up a fine decade of culinary delights
Thousands of visitors from Australia and overseas are expected from today on the Sunshine Coast for the prestigious Noose International Food and Wine Festival.
New strategic plan to lift Queensland’s small businesses
Small business in Queensland will find it easier to operate and capitalise on jobs and growth opportunities, after the Newman Government released a strategic plan today.
Final three candidates revealed for Queensland’s Best Job
An Airport Ambassador, Online Marketer and Ecology Student represent the top three potential ‘Park Rangers’ announced today for Queensland’s ‘Best Job in the World’.
Aussies invited to ‘I Spy’ a Queensland holiday, phase two
Following its success in 2012, Australians will be invited to spy a Queensland holiday as part of the second instalment of the ‘I Spy’ national tourism marketing campaign.
New Big Day Out venue for the Gold Coast
The Big Day Out is being given a new home at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast. In January, the State Government and BDO came to an agreement that guaranteed the event.
State Government’s record investment in ‘Harvey and the Humpbacks’
The largest ever tourism investment promoting Fraser Coast as Australia’s signature whale watching destination will make a splash when the ‘Harvey and the Humpbacks’ campaign starts in June.
Skies open for Queensland tourism in major new US campaign
Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) will launch its largest ever American tourism marketing campaign in conjunction with major United States carrier Delta Air Lines.
Cairns to host global tourism trade show in 2014
Cairns will be the first Australian regional centre to host Tourism Australia’s annual global australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) trade event in 2014.
Travellers enticed to ‘make the most of the moment’ on Sunshine Coast
A major new Sunshine Coast tourism marketing campaign will begin today to build on the 1.7 million Australians who travelled to the region for a Naturally refreshing holiday in 2012.
Queensland tourism operators to descend on Sydney for Tourism Exchange
More than 100 Queensland tourism operators will arive in Sydney from today to promote the State to key international travel buyers at the 2013 Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE).
Top 25 Best Job in the World Park Rangers announced
A biologist, actor, graphic designer, photographer, ecologist and comedian are among the top 25 candidates for Queensland’s Best Job in the World ‘Park Ranger’ position.
Your say, your legacy
In less than five years the Gold Coast will become the first regional Australian city to host the Commonwealth Games, and all Queenslanders are invited to have their say on the Games legacy.
Queensland’s Whitsundays shines on Ellen Show
Queensland’s Whitsundays has been beamed to millions of viewers in the US this morning after reporter Jeannie Kilsiewicz, from the Ellen DeGeneres Show, visited the region during her time in Australia.
Have your say on Queensland’s draft Ecotourism plan
The Newman Government is set to make Queensland the number one nature-based tourism destination in Australia, with its draft Ecotourism Plan released for public input today.
Special fund for Queensland’s flood affected events
In response to recent flooding, Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) has created a special one-off fund to support events in the state’s flood declared council areas.
Filmmakers capture ’1 Day in Paradise’
Starting this week, 20 filmmakers will embark on a Tropical North Queensland adventure capturing their idea of ’1 Day in Paradise’ as part of a major global tourism initiative.
The countdown to the Games begins
The Gold Coast’s latest tourist attraction, a four metre tall Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Countdown Clock, was unveiled today exactly five years out from the Games.
Emblem unveil heralds great Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
The unveiling of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Broadwater Parklands today has set the course for an inspiring five year journey until the Opening Ceremony on 4 April, 2018.
Games merchandise on sale
An exclusive range of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games merchandise will be available to purchase following the launch of the Games emblem at Broadwater Parklands tomorrow.
Tourism campaign to tempt Chinese residents to Queensland
A new tourism campaign targeting Australia’s Chinese community will begin this week in a bid to grow Queensland’s share of the international market.
Tiger Airways delivers an Easter boost for the Sunshine Coast
Tiger Airways Flight TT252 from Melbourne will touch down on the Sunshine Coast tomorrow, signalling the start of a regular route which will bring up to 58,000 visitors to the region over the next 12 months.
‘Buy Locally’ campaign to help local communities
Queenslanders are beign urged to support the Newman Government’s commitment to small businesses across the state by shopping locally to help bolster sales and support local jobs.
Townsville shines in new tourism campaign
A campaign showcasing the diversity and strength of Townsville and North Queensland events has been launched today, to encourage visitors to extend their stay in the region.
Queensland welcomes 1 million extra visitors in 2012
Queensland welcomed more than 1,000,000 extra Australian travellers in 2012 compared with 2011, new domestic visitor figures have revealed today.
Commonwealth Games identity protected
The Queensland Parliament has passed legislation to protect of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games from marketing abuse, unauthorised use of branding and illegal product association with the Games.
Matt Hayden goes into bat for Queensland tourism
Australian cricket legend and proud Queenslander Matt Hayden will front a new tourism marketing campaign to encourage more Indian visitors to travel to the state.
Brisbane to host Australia’s first Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition
Brisbane will be the first city in Australia to host the inaugural solo exhibition of leading international contemporary artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).
Aussies encouraged to take an Outback ‘Eventure’
Outback Queensland’s tourism leaders descended on Brisbane today to encourage Aussies to ‘promise’ to visit an iconic Outback event in 2013.
New sailing cup join State’s Season of Sailing
Queensland’s 2013 Season of Sailing has introduced a ‘Season of Sailing Cup’ to encourage more sailors and holidaymakers to take part.
Games Emblem launch to be a community affair
A fun-filled community celebration will herald the offical launch of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and the historic unveiling of a new Games emblem at Surfers Paradise beach on 4 April.
Aquatic centre upgrade underway
Construction of the new $41 million Gold Coast Aquatic Centre redevelopment project officially began today with the turning of the first sod for the new 50 metre competition pool by Minister for the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.
More hotels needed for Brisbane
The Queensland Government is supporting the push for new hotel development in Brisbane, citing it as crucial to the city’s future tourist and business destination needs.
Resurgence of international visitors continues
Confidence is continuing to grow in Queensland’s tourism sector, with increasing numbers of international visitors travelling to the state in 2012.
Bid for better taxi service welcomed
Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey has congratulated the Queensland Taxi Council on its campaign to make the state’s taxi service the world’s best.
Wanted: candidates seeking the opportunity of a lifetime
Queensland is on the lookout for candidates from around the globe seeking the opportunity of a lifetime – the job of a Park Ranger and a $100,000 salary and benefits package.
Mega Queensland tourism delegation to visit China
The largest delegation ever of Queensland tourism operators will leave for China today as part of a trade mission run by Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and Destination NSW.
World’s best surfers converge on the Gold Coast
For the next two weeks the Gold Coast will host the world’s best surfing talent as the top male and female sufers compete in the 2013 Quicksilver and Roxy Pro
$3 million boost for Queensland’s tourism destination
Queensland’s 13 regional tourism organisations (RTOs) can apply for a share of $3 million in additional funding for projects that will help boost the industry’s future.
Australian PGA Championship finds a new home on the Gold Coast
The Australia PGA Championship has found a new home, with the organisers announcing the Gold Coast will host the golf tournament for the next five years.
New flights further boost tourism and mining sectors
Queensland’s tourism and mining sectors have been further boosted by Virgin Australia’s announcement that it will commence flights between Brisbane and Bundaberg, and Brisbane and Moranbah.
Queensland celebrates Australia Day II today
From Coolangatta to the Cape, Queenslanders everywhere will today fire up their barbies, dust off their cricket bats and celebrate Australia Day II.
Bleach Festival rolls out across the Gold Coast
More than 30,000 visitors are expected to descend on the southern Gold Coast over the next two weeks as the second annual Bleach Festival officially gets underway.
Queensland tourism targets Indonesia on trade tour
Twelve Queensland tourism operators will travel to Indonesia this week on a trade mission to capitalise on the growing Indonesia visitor market.
Queensland tourism operators shine at national awards
Queensland tourism operators have taken out several categories at the prestigious 2012 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.
Tourism campaigns shine on wintery Europe
Queensland’s tourism industry is about to get a major boost with marketing campaigns worth $1.3 million being rolled out across Europe to encourage travellers to holiday here in 2013.
Gold Coast Games identity to be protected
The Queensland Government has moved to protect the commercial integrity and branding of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Nominations open for small business award
Queensland small businesses working hard to become more sustainable are being encouraged to nominate for the 2013 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.
Welcome to the Year of the Snake
Cairns is gearing up for an influx of up to 20,000 tourists from China and Hong Kong over the next few weeks as celebrations for Chinese New Year get into full swing.
Support Queensland tourism – celebrate Australia Day II
Australians will be encouraged to show their support for Queensland tourism by celebrating ‘Australia Day II’ across the State on 23 February.
Sunshine Coast to host inaugural IRONMAN 70.3
The Sunshine Coast’s reputation as a leading sporting event destintation has been strengthened with Mooloolaba announced as the hose of the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3
Increased Etihad flights to boost Qld tourism
More than 54,000 extra international visitors will have access to Queensland each year via Etihad Airways’ new daily service between Abu Dhabi and Brisbane, which begins tomorrow.
Planning commences for Commonwealth Games Village
Development of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Village is officially underway with the declaration today of the Parklands site as a Priority Development Area (PDA) by the State Government.
Flood assistance for Queensland small businesses
Queensland small businesses affected by flooding are encouraged to check if they are eligible for government financial to help get their business back on track.
Queensland tourism open for business
The bulk of Queensland’s iconic tourist destinations are open for business and keen to welcome the world despite flooding which occurred in some parts of the state.
Local contractors encouraged to get involved in the Games
Gold Coast businesses have their first opportunity to be a part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games with expressions of interest called for redevelopment of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.
Review of tour desk operators
The Newman Government will work with tourism industry organisations to develop and introduce a Code of Practice to improve the relationship between tour desks and tour operators
New plan for drive tourism in Queensland
Queensland is a step closer to cementing its reputation as a world-renowened drive tourism destination, with the launch of the Queensland Drive Tourism Strategy in Bargara today.
Gold Coast to host tourism industry’s next DestinationQ Forum
Queensland’s tourism industry will converge on the Gold Coast later this year for the second annual DestinationQ Forum to be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Commonwealth Games progress report
Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) representatives have been told the Gold Coast is on track to deliver a fantastic event, during a briefing progress being made to finalise the master plan for the 2018 Games.
Bleach Festival makes artistic waves on the Gold Coast
An eclectic mix of live music, visual and performing artists, photography, film and theatre will feature at this year’s Bleach Festival on the Gold Coast.
Big Day Out to stay on Gold Coast
One of Queensland’s most popular music festivals, Big Day Out (BDO), will stay on the Gold Coast for at least the next five years following today’s agreement between the State Government and BDO.
Aloha! Hawaiian Airlines expands Brisbane service
In another boost to Queensland’s tourism industry, Hawaiian Airlines has scheduled an additional 18 flights between Brisbane and Honolulu on top of its current services which started in November.
Blockbuster calendar delivers for Queensland in 2013
A blockbuster calendar of events is coming to Queensland this year with more than 124 major and regional events scheduled to attract visitors and support tourism in communities throughout the State.
2012 Media releases
Gold Coast secures global conference
More than 1,500 delegates will converge on the Gold Coast in 2014 for the 23rd International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) World Conference and Youth Forum.
High level talks strengthen Queensland’s relationship with China
Cairns: Premier Campbell Newman has met with one of China’s top government officials for talks that could broaden Queensland’s relationship with the world’s largest nation.
Local jobs focus for pool contractor
The redevelopment of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre has taken a major step forward with the Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey, and Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate announcing the appointment of the managing contractor.
Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa award a boost to far north Queensland tourism
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey has congratulated Tropical North Queensland’s Daintree Eco Lodgge & Spa for taking out the top Eco Resort and Spa prize at the World Travel Awards held in India last night.
Queenslanders holidaying at home drive domestic tourism results
The Newman Government’s plan to get Queensland’s tourism industry back on track are progressing with Tourism Research Australia’s latest National Visitor Survey revealing strong growth throughout the State.
Cultural Centre strengthens Indigenous tourism on the Gold Coast
The opening of the Gold Coast’s first dedicated Aboriginal Tourism and Cultural Centre will give visitors the opportunity to learn about the region’s rich Indigenous history.
New CEO to drive Queensland’s tourism industry
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey has announced the appointment of Steven Wrigth as CEO of Tourism Queensland.
Townsville tourism operators go digital for Chinese visitors
Townsville tourism operators have the opportunity to broaden their marketing skills today at the ‘Digital Marketing for the China Market’ workshop.
Super summer campaign comes alive
The Newman Government has joined with Fraser Coast Regional Council and Tourism Fraser Coast to deliver a $500,000 marketing initiative to encourage more Aussies to holiday in the region this summer.
Campaign swaps partridge and pear trees for Queensland holidays
Tourism Queensland has swapped seven swans, six geese and five golden rings for 12 days of holiday giveaways in a bid to entice more people to discover the joys of a Queensland getaway this summer.
New app supports drive tourism in North Queensland
Tech-savvy tourists will have North Queensland’s tourism industry in the palm of their hands following Tropical Tablelands Tourism’s (TTT) creation of a smartphone app.
Solar spectacle delviers tourism boost for Queensland
As the last of the eclipse chasers depart Tropical North Queensland, the region continues to reap the rewards of last month’s solar eclipse.
APT7 exhibition to boot tourism numbers
The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art and Queensalnd Art Gallery will be a drawcard for more than 100,000 interstate and overseas vistors to Queensland this summer.
Tourism and Events merger delivers for Queensland
Queensland’s tourism industry is the big winner with the passage of the Tourism and Events Queensland Bill 2012 successfully merging Tourism Queensland and Events Queensland into TEQ (Tourism and Events Queensland).
Infrastructure Authority to oversee Games construction
The delivery of major ifnrastructure for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is one step closer with the passage of the Economic Developmebt Bill 2012.
Queensland tourism mission to bowl over lucrative Indian travel market
A delegation of the State’s tourism businesses have taken Queensland on tour to India this week, in a bid to sell our tourism indsutry to more than 400 Indian travel wholesalers, retail agents and media.
Gold Coast Business celebrate industry excellence
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey congratulated the Gold Coast’s business community on another year of hard work and success at thsi year’s Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards.
Queensland names its best tourism operators
The Newman Government has congratulated the winners of this year’s prestigious Queensland Tourism Awards.
Toolkit to help tourism industry lift service quality
The Newman Government has launched a new online toolkit to help tourism operators improve service standards.
Cairns to host annual rugby league fixture
The Newman Government is delivering for far North Queensland rugby league fans with Cairns to host a NRL Premiership match in June.
Nearly $4 million in grants for regional tourism organisations
The Newman Government has approved nearly $4 million in grants to Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs), delivering another major boost to Queensland’s tourism industry
Brisbane tourism operators go digital for China market
Brisbane tourism operators are beign urged by the Newman Government to broadn their marketing strategy to attract more Chiense independent travellers.
Increased seasonal flight services to boost Sunshine Coast tourism
The Newman Government has welcomed the decision by Air New Zealand and alliance partner Virgin Australia to extend their Auckland services to the Sunshine Coast next year, following a successful trial season in 2012.
Events funding boost delivers for regional Queensland
Regional events across the State have received a $1.4 million boost under the latest round of the Events Queensland Regional Development Program (EQRDP).
Outback Queensland celebrates tourism excellence
The Newman Government has extended its congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Longreach Airport Outback Queensland Tourism Awards
Prepare your business for storm season with a free webinar
In the lead up to the summer storm and cyclone season, the Newman Government is helping to prepare Queensland businesses for the unexpected with a free storm season webinar.
Sunshine Coast celebrates business and tourism excellence
The Newman Government has extended its congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Sunshine Coast Business Awards.
Gold Coast Aquatic Centre gets green light for Pan Pacs
The Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council have joined forces to ensure that the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is upgraded in time for the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.
One year on – Commonwealth Games on time and on budget
In the lead up to the first anniversary of the Gold Coast winning the right to host the Commonwealth Games, preparations are on time and on budget to stage a great Games in 2018.
Tourism Queensland hatches campaign to kick start turtle season
A new $200,000 tourism marketing campaign is encouraging Australians to book ahead and secure a front-row seat to Queensland’s spectacular turtle show.
60,000 to make eclipse pilgrimage to Queensland’s Tropical North
Tropical North Queensland is preparing to welcome an estimated 60,000 people to witness the region’s first total solar eclipse in more than 1,300 years.
Gold Coast tourism operators go digital for China market
Gold Coast tourism operators are being urged by the Newman Government to broaden their marketing strategy to attract more Chinese independent travellers.
International Marine Expo sails into the Gold Coast
The Gold Coast will be the focus of the international marine industry for the next three days with more than 20,000 people set to descend on the Gold Coast City Marina at Commera.
Proposed merger to deliver for Queensland
The planned merger of Tourism Queensland and Events Queensland will reinvigorate Queensland’s approach to attracting visitors to the State, Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey, said today.
Drive tourism plan open for public consultation
The Newman Government is calling on industry representatives and the public to have their say on a new draft Queensland Drive Tourism Strategy.
Interest sought for Aquatic Centre
The Newman Government is undertaking a registration of interest process with pre-identified builders that could lead to the redevelopment of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.
Tropical North Queensland scores event coup
Tropical North Queensland is set to host a new major sportign event with the inaugural Great Barrier Reef Masters Games to be held in Cairns from 9 to 11 August 2013.
Whitsundays tourism industry celebrates at annual awards
Tourism operators throughout the Whitsundays have been recognised for their hard work and dedication to the industry at the annual Whitsunday Tourism Awards.
North Queensland tourism celebrated at awards
Tourism operators throughout North Queensland have been recognised for their hard work and dedication to the industry at the annual Townsville Airport North Queensland Tourism Awards.
I Spy campaign reignites love of Tropical North Queensland
Tourism Queensland’s ‘I Spy’ campaign has reignited Aussies’ love of Tropical North Queensland with partner Wotif.com recording a big increase in room bookings for participating local operators.
Government reinvigorates Queensland’s natural icon experiences
Tourism operators can hear about the latest ecotourism trends, technologies and global case studies at a series of forums aimed to help them build tourism capacity through sharing stories of Queensland’s famous natural icons
Tropical North Queensland tourism industry celebrates at annual awards
Tourism operators throughout Tropical North Queensland have been recognised for their hard work and dedication to the industry at the annual Tropical North Queensland Tourism Awards.
Fraser Coast tourism industry celebrates at annual awards
Tourism operators throughout the Wide Bay and Fraser Coast regions have been recognised for their hard work and dedication to the industry at the annual Fraser Coast Tourism Awards.
4 million reasons to apply for funding
The Newman Government says there is still time for regional tourism organisations (RTO’s) to apply for funding through the Contestable Grants Scheme.
Website clicks for small business
The Newman Government’s refreshed web-based business portal has exceeded exprectations and is proving a hit with small business users
Regional push to deliver an extra 40,400 vistor nights
A strategy to expand home grown events has resulted in four new additions to Queensland’s major events calendar.
Gold Coast tourism bounding ahead
The Gold Coast’s tourism industry is flying high according to Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey
Location of venues for the 2018 Commonwealth Games
The Minister for Commonwealth Games, the Hon. Jann Stuckey, and the Chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC), Mr Nigel Chamier OAM, today said that no changes have or are being considered as to which cities will host Commonwealth Games events.
Top Australian talent sign on for Brisbane International 2013
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey today welcomed the annoucement that Australian tennise favourites Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur would start their 2013 season in Queensland at the Brisbane International.
World’s leading tropical medicine experts to meet in Brisbane
Brisbane has won the right to host 3,000 of the world’s leading tropical medicine experts at the International Conference for Tropical Medicine and Malaria to be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in 2016.
Coolangatta goes for Gold
More than 400 endurance athletes will descend on the Gold Coast later this month to take part in the 2012 Coolangatta Gold.
Tradition continues with Pan Pacific Masters Games
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey says the 8th Pan Pacific Masters Games to be held in November will strengthen Queensland’s reputation as a premier destination for major events.
Queensland to deliver a month of super sporting events
Sports-mad Queenslanders are in for an eventful month, with some of the year’s most exciting competitions and carnivals being held throughout October.
Campaign urges Aussies to ‘I Spy’ a Queensland holiday
Aussies will be encouraged to ‘I Spy’ more then 550 Queensland holiday deals from today as part of Tourism Queensland’s new spring marketing campaign.
$4 million boost for regional tourism
Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) will take a lead role in revitalising Queensland’s tourism industry thanks to an injection of almost $4 million from the Newman Government.
Cruise shipping shines a light on Queensland’s economy
A recent study of Australia’s cruise ship industry has revealed recored numbers of tourists coming onboard, with the sector contributing $588.8 million to Queensland’s economy.
Swell time at Currumbin
The Swell Sculpture Festival will celebrate a decade of artistic accomplishment when the Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey officially opens the event tonight
World’s best secured for 2013 Brisbane International
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games has announced Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will travel to Queensland this December.
Gold Coast counts to first ever rugby test
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey says this weekend will be an historic occasion for Rugby in Australia.
Additional $2.2 billion injection to Queensland tourism
Australian travellers spent an extra $2.2 billion in Queensland last financial year, a strong indication the State’s tourism industry is on the road to recovery.
Newman Government maintains commitment to Commonwealth Games
The Newman Government has committed $20.9 million to the Gold Coast 20189 Commonwealth Games in the 2012-13 State Budget.
Over $49 million to deliver Queensland’s event calendar
The Newman Government has cemented Queensland’s status as a major tourism destination by committing $49.6 million to the 2012-13 events calendar.
Newman Government delivers tourism budget boost
The Newman Government has cemented a bright future for tourism in Queensland by providing increased funding to the vital sector of the state’s economy
Lights and lasers set the Brisbane sky alight
A spectacular display of lights and lasers will illuminate the Brisbane City sky tonight with the opening of Santos GLNG City of Lights.
First meeting of new Queensland Small Business Advisory Council
The newly-formed Queensland Small Business Advisory Council (QSBAC) met for the first time today to discuss its direction and the issues facing the state’s small business sector.
Chinese tourists ‘cheque-in’ to Queensland
Record numbers of Chinese tourists have flocked to Queensland helping contribute an extra $127 million in international visitor spending.
Super RTO to drive Southern Queensland Country Tourism
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey today launched a new ‘super-RTO’ (Regional Tourism Organisation) to steer tourism activities across south eastern Queensland.
Travellers returning to Queensland in droves
Travellers are returning to Queensland in droves with impressive new figures confirming that Queensland is open for business
Cairns Indigenous Art Fair – a boost to tourism
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey says Australia’s premier Indigenous Art Fair, CIAF, reinforces Queensland’s emerging reputation as an arts and cultural destination.
China Southern announces extra flights to Queensland
The Newman Government has annoucned another coup for Queensland, with China Southern Airlines increasing to daily aireline services between Guangzhou and Brisbane during the busy holiday season.
Qantas resumes flights to the Gold Coast
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey have announced Qantas will resume direct flights into the Gold Coast from Sydney.
New routes get Queensland tourism back on track
The Newman Government is well on its way to putting Queensland tourism back on track following a successful mission to China.
Tourism Queensland Chair Announced
Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey has announced Stephen Gregg’s appointment as Chair of Tourism Queensland for three years from August 3, 2012.
DestinationQ Working Group announced
The Newman Government has moved quickly to deliver outcomes from the landmark DestinationQ Forum, with a Post-Forum Working Group now established.
Gold Coast receives events boost
Gold Coast will welcome thousands of visitors to events across the region following a funding boost of$155,000from the Newman Government’s Events Queensland Regional Development Program.
Small Business online access to State Government gets easiers
A refreshed State Government web service for business and industry has been officially launched.
Regional Tourism Funding Doubled
Premier Campbell Newman and Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey today announced a doubling of funding for Regional Tourism Organisations at the inaugural DestinationQ Forum in Cairns.
Far North Queensland Tour
Premier Campbell Newman and Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey today announced a doubling of funding for Regional Tourism Organisations at the inaugural DestinationQ Forum in Cairns.
ism Industry to have its say at DestinationQ Forum
Registrations for Queensland’s inaugural DestinationQ Forum have now been finalised, with Far North Queensland set to be well represented at the event.
Gold Coast Welcomes First Scoot Passengers to Queensland
The Gold Coast has welcomed the first Scoot passengers flying direct from Singapore into Queensland onboard flight TZ6 as part of a deal worth $65 million to the local economy.
Tourism Queensland Chair to Step Down
Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey today announced that Tourism Queensland Chairman Don Morris will step down once his term expires in October.
DestinationQ Sessions to go Live
Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey has announced plenary sessions of the inaugural DestinationQ Forum will be streamed live on the web, for those who are unable to attend the landmark tourism event.
Helping Hand for New Businesses
The Newman Government is delivering on its commitment to assist Queensland businesses, with PlanSMART kits now available online.
Events Queensland Update
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey, today thanked Events Queensland CEO John O’Sullivan for his commitment, after he announced his resignation.
Queensland tourism counts down to DestinationQ
The Newman LNP Government’s fresh and innovative tourism strategy has sparked a flurry of interest in the inaugural industry forum, to be held in Cairns in June.
Newman Government names Parklands at Southport as Athletes Village Site
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation Board has unanimously recommended Parklands at Southport as the Games Athletes’ Village site.
Government announces Townsville rugby league test
The Newman Government today welcomed news that, for the first time, Townsville will host a major Rugby League Test between Australia and New Zealand on October 13.
Ironman Cairns set to Deliver Major Tourism Boost Ahead of DestinationQ
The upcoming Cairns Airport Adventure Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever, having already eclipsed last year’s participation numbers, setting new levels for participation across the 10-day sport and entertainment period.
Tourism key to to Queensland’s economic growth
The Newman Government has committed to forming a strong partnership with the Queensland Tourism Industry Council as it works to make our state Australia’s number one tourist destination.
Smoother waters for Queensland’s marine industry
Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey has told the Australian Superyacht and Marine Export conference on the Gold Coast that the Newman Government is committed to forming a strong partnership with the industry.
DestinationQ triggers a strong industry response
The Newman Government’s DestinationQ tourism initiative has been embraced by industry, with a huge response acrossQueensland
Noosa shines in the international spotlight
The Newman Government says tourism operators from across the Sunshine Coast will significantly benefit from this weekend’s four day Noosa International Food and Wine Festival.
Queensland to host the 2014 Pan Pacific Games
The Newman Government is excited to announce Queensland will host the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.
DestinationQ open for registration
The Newman LNP Government is delivering on another election promise, with registrations for the landmark tourism forum- ‘DestinationQ’ – now open to businesses and organisations across Queensland.
Commonwealth Games Board Announced
Premier Campbell Newman and Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey have announced the State Government’s nominations for new members of the 2018 Commonwealth Games board.
Food Festival First for Brisbane
Brisbane is set to become a winter culinary capital following the Queensland Government’s announcement today that the riverside city will host a brand new food festival – Delectable – from 16-29 July.
DestinationQ to Get Tourism Back on Track
The Newman LNP Government is delivering on another election promise with arrangements being finalised for Queensland’s landmark tourism forum- ‘DestinationQ’- to be held at the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns on June 25 and 26.