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.

DestinationQ Forum

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 and Mackay.

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2017 DestinationQ Annual Forum

9 to 10 November 2017
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Register now for the 2017 DestinationQ Annual Forum.

This year’s forum will coincide with the annual Queensland Tourism Awards gala ceremony, creating a wonderful opportunity for participants to be part of two major tourism industry events in Brisbane.

The theme of the 2017 forum on 9 November is competitiveness from collaboration in the tourism sector and will feature international keynote speakers. There will be industry presentations by tourism businesses who represent best practice and that are working closely with their destination to support a common vision.

The second half of the day will include a facilitated collaborative session to assist participants understand how they can collaborate to optimise Queensland’s competitiveness and connect with Queensland’s story.

DestinationQ focus sessions are planned for the morning of 10 November to discuss what government and industry could do to address challenges or capitalise on future opportunities to grow Queensland’s tourism industry. Further information on these sessions and how to register will be available soon.

2017 QTIC Tourism Indigenous Employment Forum - part of the DestinationQ series

Wednesday, 8 November 2017
9:30am - 5:00pm, followed by networking
Grand Windsor Ballroom, Pullman Hotel
King George Square, Brisbane

Ticketed event

The 7th Annual Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) Indigenous Employment 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.

From the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to nurturing young Indigenous talent, the forum provides an opportunity to hear inspiring success stories and to meet and network with a cross-section of tourism operators, employees, business managers and industry representatives.

To register or for more information please visit the Queensland Tourism Industry Council website.

DestinationQ regional events

In 2017, a series of regional DestinationQ events is being held in Bundaberg, Gladstone and Toowoomba.

DestinationQ Engaging Local Government in Tourism – Gladstone (in conjunction with the LGAQ Annual Conference)

Monday, 16 October 2017
8.45am - 10.45am
Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, 56 Goondoon St, Gladstone

For delegates attending the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) Annual Conference, this is a great opportunity to hear insights and best practice on how local governments can support the development of tourism in their region.

The panel of speakers will include:

  • Mayor Mark Jamieson from Sunshine Coast Council as keynote speaker on government, industry and community collaboration;
  • Professor Sara Dolnicar from UQ Business School will speak about the transformative power of Airbnb: insights for local government;
  • Mr Ben O’Hara, Development Director for Spicers Scenic Rim Trail will speak about delivering on the promise: working with government to deliver a new ecotourism experience; and
  • Mr Steven Silvester, General Manager, Investment Attraction, Brisbane Marketing will speak about local government incentives for tourism investment and development.

This DestinationQ event is targeted at local government officials attending the LGAQ Annual Conference and organisations who work with local governments to develop regional tourism.

For more information on 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.