DestinationQ events

As part of the DestinationQ partnership, targeted events are hosted to enable tourism businesses, government and industry stakeholders to connect, collaborate and share knowledge to help grow the visitor economy.

8th Annual QTIC Tourism Indigenous Employment Forum, hosted by QTIC, 14 November 2018

The 8th Annual QTIC Tourism Indigenous Employment Forum is an initiative of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), hosted by the QTIC Indigenous Tourism Champions Network and proudly supported by The Star Entertainment Group. The Forum will be held at the Home Of The Arts (HOTA) Surfers Paradise, on 14 November 2018.

The forum brings together business leaders, employers, government representatives, tourism organisations, native title holders and community organisations to discuss important issues, opportunities and strategies for supporting Indigenous tourism growth and Indigenous employment across the state.

QTIC is pleased to announce the Keynote Speaker for the Forum, Dale Stephens, Customer Director Māori Customers at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Chairman of New Zealand Māori Tourism.

For more information on The 8th Annual QTIC Tourism Indigenous Employment Forum, click here.

Tourism Masterclasses and Market Briefings, 15 November 2018

On Thursday 15 November, a series of Tourism Masterclasses and International Market briefings will be held at the Gold Coast prior to the DestinationQ Forum. The masterclasses are an opportunity to have in-depth discussion and to engage with experts while the TEQ International Market Briefings will provide tourism operators and stakeholders with insights and key trends from Queensland’s key international source markets.

TEQ International Market Briefings will be held in Cairns, Brisbane and the Gold Coast and are aimed at providing tourism operators and other stakeholders with insights from Queensland’s key international source markets.

To register for the TEQ International Market Briefings, click here.

Tourism Masterclasses will be held on:

  • Customer centricity: the importance of delivering exceptional experiences to your visitors
  • Facilitating payments from Chinese visitors
  • Attracting investment to your region
  • Applying augmented reality and virtual reality to planning, marketing and enhancing your tourism experience

To register for the Tourism Masterclasses, click here.

Local Government Masterclass, 15 November 2018

This masterclass has been tailored specifically to Mayors, Councillors, council officers and interested local government stakeholders to  provide information councils need to create the right environment to support tourism in their areas.

Presentations will cover government funding opportunities and support available to facilitate tourism industry development as well as tourism policy directions and planning. Case studies will also be presented by local governments.

The local government masterclass will be held on 15 November 2018 at the Gold Coast, in advance of the DestinationQ Forum. For more information and to register, click here.

2018 DestinationQ Forum, 16 November 2018

The DestinationQ Forum is Queensland’s leading tourism industry forum, bringing industry and government together to find ways to grow the tourism industry and create jobs.

DestinationQ Forums provide delegates with an opportunity to engage with industry leaders, discover new insights and research, and to consider best practise solutions in addressing challenges and capitalising on opportunities.

In 2018, the Forum will be held on the Gold Coast on 16 November, coinciding with the Queensland Tourism Awards gala ceremony.

For more information and to register, click here.

Queensland Tourism Awards gala ceremony, 16 November 2018

The 2018 Queensland Tourism Awards will be held at The Star Gold Coast on Friday 16 November 2018. Hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, the awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of the state’s tourism industry, including individuals, businesses and events.

The Queensland Tourism Awards are presented by Queensland Airports Limited in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland, The Star Entertainment Group and supporting partner Tourism Australia. For further information visit

World Tourism Day and QTIC Prize for Innovation, 27 September 2018, Brisbane

The 2018 QTIC World Tourism Day Networking Event will be held at the new Emporium Hotel in South Bank on Thursday 27 September.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from inspiring innovators and enjoy spectacular views of the Brisbane city skyline. During the night, the winners of the 2018 QTIC Prize for Innovation in Tourism will be announced along with a presentation to the participants from QTIC’s Young Professionals Mentoring Program. Speakers will be announced soon. For further information on the QTIC Prize for Innovation click here and to read more on World Tourism Day click here.

For updates on DestinationQ events in 2018 follow the DestinationQ social media channels and check back here as program and registration details are released.

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