26 September 2023

Indigenous theme for 2020 tourism

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Minister for Tourism, Kate Jones has announced the establishment of a dedicated Indigenous Tourism Development Service to support Indigenous tourism in Queensland.

She said the new service would work with emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander operators to start and grow their businesses and products.

“Now more than ever before, we’re seeing strong demand for cultural tourism experiences in Queensland,” Ms Jones said.

“This provides huge opportunities for the tourism industry and Indigenous communities throughout the State.”

“That’s why we’ve developed a new service to help Indigenous tourism businesses start up and expand,” she said.

Tourism Research Australia has reported that 351,000 overseas visitors and 116,000 overnight domestic visitors took part in an Indigenous tourism experience in Queensland in the year ending March 2019.

“The new Indigenous Tourism Development Service will play a key role, providing on-the-ground support for Indigenous tourism businesses, helping them access Government and industry services,” Ms Jones said.

She said the new service would include dedicated Indigenous Tourism Development Officers in Cairns and Brisbane to assist Indigenous tourism businesses.

The announcement came after Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk named 2020 the Year of Indigenous Tourism.

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