Queensland’s tourism industry counts down to DestinationQ Forum

26 Aug 2013 4:43 PMJann Stuckey

Monday, August 26, 2013

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.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the forum would bring together around 400 representatives from a range of industry sectors and all levels of government from across the state to hear about progress made since last year’s forum and look ahead to the future.

“Our inaugural forum in Cairns last year proved highly successful, paving the way for a fresh approach to tourism in this state,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Queensland Government and industry signed a partnership to seize opportunities and address immediate challenges to help reach our goal of doubling annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.

“A series of regional workshops was held throughout Queensland during May and June to consider the long-term direction of our tourism industry, especially how we can be more competitive.

“The information compiled during these workshops will be used as a framework to help develop a 20-year plan for Queensland tourism – a crucial part of this year’s agenda.

“Delegates at the forum will develop strategies to help achieve our vision for a successful and competitive industry that is strong and prosperous, founded on our iconic experiences and diverse destinations, and recognised as fundamental to Queensland’s economic, environmental and social future.”

QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said the DestinationQ partnership had generated much-needed momentum and direction for the state’s tourism industry.

“The DestinationQ partnership has played an immensely important role in reinforcing the value of the tourism industry as a major driver for Queensland’s economy,” Mr Gschwind said.

“QTIC was given lead responsibility for numerous projects from the 2012 DestinationQ action plan. We are pleased to see so much work has occurred, specifically aimed at increasing development opportunities and job creation for Queensland’s tourism industry.

“Through DestinationQ, we will re-commit to our partnership and strive for change that will position Queensland’s tourism industry for the future.”

Visit www.destq.com.au (external site) ( http://www.destq.com.au/ ) for more information, and follow DestinationQ on Facebook and Twitter (@DestinationQld).

A regional breakdown of the industry attendees is attached.

[ENDS] 26 August 2013

Bundaberg North Burnett5
Fraser Coast12
Gold Coast31
Southern Qld Country20
Sunshine Coast26
Tropical North Qld26
Government and other   representatives100