Attracting Tourism Fund (ATF)

The $48.6 million Attracting Tourism Fund (ATF) will help to position Queensland as Australia’s leading tourism destination by investing in major new international aviation linkages and landmark new tourism product, experiences and infrastructure projects.

An investment of $38.6 million will be allocated to targeted projects that grow target international priority markets by expanding direct access opportunities and attracting game changing infrastructure and experiences. The remaining $10 million has been allocated to the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF).

The objectives of the ATF are to:

  • grow aviation access from international priority source markets that offer long-term potential for Queensland through establishing new or expanding existing aviation services
  • facilitate the development of infrastructure and experiences that will attract, grow and sustain visitation from international priority source markets with flow-on economic benefits to Queensland’s visitor economy
  • facilitate planning improvement opportunities to enable tourism growth.

This targeted funding program will focus on the Great Barrier Reef (Tropical North Queensland, Townsville, Whitsundays, Mackay and Southern Great Barrier Reef) and Southern Queensland (Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast and Southern Queensland Country).

Matched funding is not a mandatory requirement under the ATF program.

Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF)

Airline route development is a key focus of the ATF program and this will be delivered through an allocation of $10 million to the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF).

AAIF was established in June 2012 to attract new air services and boost the state’s tourism industry by generating increased overnight visitor expenditure and supporting tourism jobs. The additional $10 million in funding will enable to the program to continue to run through to 2020/2021.

The AAIF fact sheet (PDF, 3.4MB) is a great resource outlining the information requirements and assessment process.

For more information on AAIF, please contact:

Tourism and Events Queensland

Phone: (07) 3535 3535


ATF eligibility and the industry guidelines

Projects must meet the objectives of the ATF and fall into one of the following categories:

  • catalytic products, experiences and infrastructure projects
  • new or expanded international access projects.

Projects must be capable of significantly increasing international overnight visitation, expenditure and jobs for Queensland and also demonstrate long-term benefits to Queensland.

The upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure will only be eligible where the project can demonstrate a significant increase in tourism benefits to Queensland.

For further information on eligibility and the assessment criteria, please take a look at the ATF Industry Guidelines.

The ATF application process and industry briefings

The ATF team will work with destination partners to develop project teams who will scope tourism projects eligible for funding.

Project teams will need to submit a Request to Proceed and, subject to approval, may then be invited to submit a full Business Case for assessment. Submission of a full Business Case does not guarantee the project will be successful in securing funding.

ATF recipients to date

Binna Burra Via Ferrata Australia’s first ‘via ferrata’ or cliff climbing path will showcase views of Lamington National Park and is a 'game-changer' for adventure tourism in the Gold Coast Hinterland’s Scenic Rim. Gold Coast Hinterland / Scenic Rim
Quandamooka Art, Museum and Performance Institute (QUAMPI) QUAMPI will be a signature cultural tourism experience, bringing together ancient artefacts with contemporary art, music, dance and performance, as well as inviting international First Nation artists to be part of exhibitions and events. North Stradbroke Island
Townsville Marine Tourism Precinct A new integrated tourism hub for transport and mixed-use facilities including retail, commercial and a new 90 room hotel. The development will connect with major tourism offerings including Reef HQ Aquarium, the Museum of Tropical North Queensland and the proposed new Museum of Underwater Art. Townsville
Wangetti Trail - Mowbray North Project Funding provided to complete the seven kilometre 'Mowbray North' component of the 94 kilometre Wangetti Trail.
The Wangetti Trail will be one of Australia's leading adventure-based eco-tourism experiences, showcasing the beauty of the Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef,
Mowbray North, Douglas Shire


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Contact us

For any enquiries or to discuss your project with the ATF team, please contact:


Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)