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.
The annual 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 are designed to provide delegates with an opportunity to engage with new insights and research and consider best practise solutions in addressing the challenges and opportunities arising in the industry.
Since the first forum in 2012, DestinationQ forums have been held in Cairns, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Mackay and Brisbane.
For updates on DestinationQ events in 2018 follow the DestinationQ social media channels and check back here as details are released.
2017 DestinationQ Annual Forum
Thank you to all delegates who attended the DestinationQ 2017 Forum in Brisbane on 9 November 2017.
The theme of the 2017 forum was competitiveness from collaboration in the tourism sector.
Delegates heard from international speakers including:
- William Bakker, Destination Think!
- Chris Riddell, Global Futurist
- Butch Spyridon, Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation
- Anthony Climpson, Go New Forest.
The program also featured industry presentations from:
The second half of the day included a facilitated collaborative session to assist participants understand how they can collaborate to optimise Queensland’s competitiveness and connect with Queensland’s story.
View presentations and materials from the DestinationQ 2017 Forum.
2017 QTIC Tourism Indigenous Employment Forum - part of the DestinationQ series
On Wednesday 8 November, business leaders, employers, government representatives, tourism organisations, native title holders and community organisations gathered in Brisbane to discuss issues, opportunities and strategies for supporting Indigenous tourism growth and Indigenous employment across the state at the 7th QTIC Tourism Indigenous Employment Forum.
As part of the Forum, the QTIC Indigenous Champions Network, supported by The Star Entertainment Group, invited delegates to endorse the Larrakia Declaration (PDF, 1.2MB) from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.
DestinationQ regional events
In 2017, a series of regional DestinationQ events were held in Bundaberg, Gladstone and Toowoomba.
DestinationQ Engaging Local Government in Tourism – Gladstone, in conjunction with the LGAQ Annual Conference
Delegates attending the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) Annual Conference heard insights and best practice on how local governments can support the development of tourism in their region at the DestinationQ session on Monday 16 October 2017 in Gladstone.
Speakers included Mayor Mark Jamieson from Sunshine Coast Council, Professor Sara Dolnicar from UQ Business School, Mr Ben O’Hara, Development Director for Spicers Scenic Rim Trail and Mr Steven Silvester, General Manager, Investment Attraction, Brisbane Marketing.
View presentations from the DestinationQ Engaging Local Government in Tourism session.
For more information and proceedings from the LGAQ conference, please visit LGAQ conference.
DestinationQ Tourism New Ideas Forum – Bundaberg
Tourism businesses from across the Wide Bay gathered at the Bundaberg Rum Distillery on Tuesday 12 September 2017 to learn, share and network as part of the Queensland Government’s Office of Small Business and DestinationQ Tourism New Ideas Forum.
Delegates heard from industry experts about how to boost confidence and capability for success when building a business from an innovative idea. Speakers included Shane Emms, Zen Beach Retreat, Cameron Johns, Impact Innovation Group, Katherine Reid, Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism and Brad Illich, Newbook.
A suite of online and digital resources was launched and is now available to tourism businesses looking to grow their business.
DestinationQ Events Conference - Toowoomba
Held on Wednesday 30 August 2017 at the Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, the Events Conference centred around the theme of harnessing the value of events in regional communities and focus on the drivers of value in events - economic, marketing, community and support by advocacy.
The Queensland Events Guide, a comprehensive resource to assist local organisers of events, was released and is available on the Tourism and Events Queensland website.
View presentations from the Events Conference.
View information on previous DestinationQ Forums.