DestinationQ Forum

Targeted events are hosted, as part of the DestinationQ partnership, to enable tourism businesses, government and industry to connect, collaborate and work together to strengthen the Queensland tourism industry.

The annual DestinationQ Forum is Queensland’s leading tourism industry event, bringing government and industry leaders together to consider the future of the industry, discuss key tourism and events issues and priorities to ensure Queensland remains competitive as a destination.

2021 program and videos

The forum was held in Brisbane on Thursday 11 November. The full day forum welcomed nearly 800 tourism and event industry leaders from across the state.

The 2021 DestinationQ Forum program (PDF, 553.5KB) featured sessions supporting the conference theme, Looking forward to the Future of Tourism.

Watch the recordings of the forum below.

Forum part 1

  1. Introduction – MC, Ms Leonie Mellor
    • Welcome to Country – Mr Ashley Ruska accompanied by Mr Aaron Ruska-Martin playing Didgeridoo Nunukul Yuggera
    • Welcome Address – The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe, MP
  2. Keynote speaker – Mr Chris Riddell, Futurist
  3. Keynote speaker – Ms Adele Labine-Romain, Deloitte Access Economics
  4. Platinum Partner introduction – Mr Jonathon Betros, IMate and Acknowledgement of Remembrance Day – MC, Ms Leonie Mellor

Forum part 2

  1. Keynote panel – Forward trends in tourism
  2. Panel session – Authentic and transformational experiences video
    • Mr Cameron Costello, QTIC
    • Mr Chris Saines, QAGOMA
    • Ms Suzanne Thompson, Desert Dreaming
    • Mr Chris van Hoof, Eden Health Retreat
  3. Panel session – Our restart: delivering on the promise video
    • Mr Stewart Moore, EarthCheck
    • Ms Jayne Hrdlicka, Virgin Australia
    • Mr John Warn, ACCOR
    • Mr Chris Briggs, SeaLink

Forum part 3

  1. Panel session – The Olympic and Paralympic opportunity video
    • Ms Kerry Petersen, 2032 Taskforce, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
    • Ms Michele Fleming, Populous
    • Mr John O’Neill, Komosion
    • Associate Professor Sarah Kelly, University of Queensland
    • Mr Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia
  2. Panel session – Action plan for tourism recovery video
  3. Ministerial panel
    • The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe, MP – Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement
    • The Honourable Mark Bailey, Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    • The Honourable Di Farmer, Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development

The DestinationQ partnership between Tourism and Events Queensland, the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport, and the Queensland Tourism Industry Council is the embodiment of a long-term commitment to focus on growing Queensland’s visitor economy as a leisure, business and education related destination.

The partnership facilitates ongoing engagement and collaboration between the tourism industry and government to identify and deliver on key tourism priorities including increasing tourism industry capability, driving visitor growth and jobs, empowering destinations to plan for the future, and encouraging investment in new tourism experiences.

Events sponsors

The 2021 DestinationQ Forum has been sponsored by the following partners:

Platinum partners


IMATE provide the tourism & events industry with greater insights into Tourism and Events Queensland’s (TEQ) marketing activity, valuable alignment opportunities and the ability to leverage TEQ campaigns through paid media solutions.

The team is set up to work with all operators across the industry, helping maximise marketing efforts through exclusive partnerships, data and product offerings.

Gold partners

My Queensland

My Queensland create seamless holidays that think of everything. Working closely with accommodation and experience providers, exclusive packages are curated that effectively remove rate transparency and target excess capacity to drive passengers when its needed most, whilst providing customers with a perfectly packaged holiday.

My Queensland is part of the award winning Ignite Travel Group, Australia’s leading travel distribution platform.

Silver partners


multiplex logo

Multiplex is a premier global construction company with offices in Australia, UK, Middle East and Canada.

Backed by Brookfield Asset Management, it was established in Australia in 1962, and has delivered more than 1000 projects around the world, with a combined value in excess of US$80 billion.

Wagner Corporation

Wagner Corporation is an Australian infrastructure and property development company based in Toowoomba, Queensland.

Contributing significant economic growth to the state of Queensland, Wagner Corporation delivers innovative and cost-effective infrastructure solutions.

Working closely with companies across the globe, Wagner Corporation is set on building world-class infrastructure that stand the test of time.


RACQ is Queensland’s largest club and peak independent motoring organisation. We were formed in 1905 to represent the interests of the State’s first motorists and today campaign for safer drivers, vehicles and roads on behalf of more than 1.7million members who own the Club.

We offer those members a vast range of motoring, insurance, banking, entertainment and travel services and benefits.

2021 DestinationQ Forum Industry Networking Event Partner

Brisbane Economic Development Agency

Brisbane Economic Development Agency (BEDA) – a wholly owned subsidiary of Brisbane City Council - plays a vital role in growing Brisbane’s economy, driving demand for Brisbane, and creating growth and trade opportunities for local Brisbane businesses.

By doing this, we help create a better quality of life for Brisbane residents.

Brisbane, Australia, is a thriving multicultural city, with an innovation-led economy and an enviable outdoor lifestyle. A global hub in scientific innovation, mining and resources, technology, education, meetings and incentives and cultural attractions, Brisbane is a natural home for business.

As Brisbane’s economic development agency, we have always delivered the highest-impact economic growth initiatives and helped Brisbane navigate changing economic conditions.

In the current climate, we are taking a lead role in driving Brisbane’s economic recovery, working with city leaders, partners and local businesses to deliver initiatives with immediate and sustainable economic impact for Brisbane.