New tourism attractions and experiences across Queensland will be fast-tracked thanks to an additional $15 million boost for the Growing Future Tourism Fund.
Speaking at the tourism sector’s major industry event DestinationQ in Cairns, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Growing Future Tourism Fund would double to $30 million, creating a pipeline of private tourism infrastructure.
Demand for funding in the initial round earlier this year exceeded expectations and identified a large number of exciting new tourism infrastructure projects.
“Queensland’s tourism economy was a record $33.2 billion last financial year,” said Palaszczuk. “Our government stands by the tourism industry and backs it 100 per cent.”
At the DestinationQ forum, Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe also announced the opening of the $10 million Building Bush Tourism fund.
Building Bush Tourism supports tourism operators, not-for-profits and local councils outside South East Queensland to create new or enhanced tourism, social and community infrastructure or deliver community and cultural experiences that improve local lifestyles while also driving visitation.
“Growing Future Tourism and Building Bush Tourism will help super-charge the industry’s pipeline of new Queensland visitor infrastructure and experiences,” said Hinchliffe.
“It’s part of our commitment to the Towards Tourism 2032 roadmap’s goal of building a $44 billion-a-year Queensland visitor economy by the Brisbane 2032 Games.”
Tourism and Events Queensland CEO Patricia O’Callaghan said this investment is critical to remaining globally competitive.
“These commitments to supporting new experiences and infrastructure are important as our industry works towards our bold growth goals,” O’Callaghan said.
“To this is exactly the kind of investment we need.”