Cairns will host a LGBTIQ conference that is expected to attract 400 delegates in 2022.
The ‘Better Together Conference’ in Cairns will be followed by five days of workshops and events in Port Douglas.
Douglas Shire Council will contribute $10,000 as well as provide in-kind assistance through the use of the Sugar Wharf.
“By attracting these types of events, Douglas Shire can enhance its reputation as a conference destination while cultivating social and cultural change,” said Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr.
“The flow-on benefits of having more people in town will be a welcome boost to local businesses who are usually hanging out for the busy tourist season.
“Council is incredibly thankful to partner with event organisers to make this happen.”
In more good news for the Far North, the Targa Great Barrier Reef rally has been locked in for a further three years which will see the popular event remain in the region until 2023.
“This region is the perfect location for an event like ours,” Targa Australia chief executive Mark Perry told the Cairns Post.
“Great roads, welcoming communities and the real ability to bring economic benefits to the regional areas around Cairns as well as to the city itself.”
Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the event attracts thousands of visitors.
“No other tarmac motor rally race overlooks the Great Barrier Reef and takes in the amazing scenery of the Coral Sea coastline between Tully and Port Douglas,” she said.
Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive Mark Olsen said Cairns has a reputation for delivering world-class sporting events, “which will be crucial for the economic recovery of the region”.
This month also saw 40 Australian conference and incentive organisers participate in an online showcase of the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef.
“We had 29 enthusiastic members promoting 36 Cairns & Great Barrier Reef products via video presentations for Regional Showcase Connect 2020,” said Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef general manager Rosie Douglas.
“The live online trivia game replaced the annual networking lunch and was an outstanding success with the fun and competitive format a winner in keeping everyone engaged with learning about the region’s business events offerings.”