DestinationQ kicks off in Cairns
DestinationQ, the two day tourism conference which aims to restore confidence among the 300-plus guests from across the tourism sector has begun in Cairns.
The forum, which is Queensland’s biggest tourism conference in more than 25 years, will focus on six topics, including infrastructure, skills, partnerships, marketing, eco-tourism and product development reports ABC News.
Premier Campbell Newman who opened the conference says he wants to hear ideas on how to double visitor expenditure by 2020.
While Far north Queensland tourism operators are hoping for an announcement of a new direct air service from Asia.
Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey says the government will use today’s forum to address operators’ concerns about red tape.
“We can expect to see some announcements surrounding red tape issues,” she said.
“Some of the themes that have been identified, particularly around eco-tourism and national parks, I understand will be getting some special attention.”
She says the forum is an important milestone for the industry.
“This landmark forum is the first opportunity since 1985 for our tourism industry to come together under the Queensland banner to chart a path forward hand-in-hand with government, so that is very significant,” she said.