Palaszczuk announces $4m boost to grow First Nations tourism in Queensland

The Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk in Tropical North Queensland.

The number of First Nations tourism experiences in Queensland is set to grow ahead of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games following a $4 million boost in the next State Budget.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the $4 million First Nations Tourism Package would build on the state’s current Indigenous tourism sector to deliver even more unique experiences.

“What we want to do in the lead up to the Olympics is to grow our First Nations tourism experience across the state,” Palaszczuk said.

“If someone has a small company or a good idea, we are going to help build that capacity.

“They can grow and employ more people and be ready in 10 years when people come from all around the world, wanting to experience everything that Queensland has to offer.”

The Premier said the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games would create strong interest in Queensland over the next decade, especially among overseas travellers wanting to experience Indigenous cultures.

“It’s important that we take full advantage of the golden decade that will come with the 2032 Games,” Palaszczuk said.

Member for Cairns and Assistant Tourism Minister Michael Healy said Far North Queensland’s tourism recovery was underway.

“Over recent months, the Cairns visitor economy has been showing good signs of recovery with overseas visitors also starting to return,” Healy said.

“Developing more high quality Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural experiences will benefit tourism across the region.

“The more unique and diverse our world-class tourism experiences, the more visitors will extend their stay and support local jobs.”

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Palaszczuk Government had invested $7 million during the extended Year of Indigenous Tourism.

“The $7 million Growing Indigenous Tourism Fund and the Year of Indigenous Tourism has put Queensland ahead of other destinations for First Nations visitor experiences,” Hinchliffe said.

“Growing strong, sustainable Indigenous tourism businesses will be critical to meeting demand for Indigenous cultural experiences in the decades before and after the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“This new funding will help to create an even bigger pipeline of Indigenous tourism product.”