HUNDREDS of tourism industry heavyweights from across the state will converge on the Gold Coast on Friday as the city hosts two major tourism events – DestinationQ and the Queensland Tourism Awards.
The major events top off a big week of events right across the state for Queensland Tourism Week.
As many as 700 delegates are expected to attend the DestinationQ forum at the Convention and Exhibition Centre before The Star hosts the inaugural Queensland Tourism Awards gala.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this year’s DestinationQ is tipped to be “the biggest yet”.
“Every year, more than 25 million people come to Queensland – supporting more than 215,000 jobs throughout the state,” the Premier said.
“To grow our share of the tourism market we need to work with the private sector. That’s why my government is investing a record $180 million in extra funding for tourism.”
The Premier will attend the Queensland Tourism Awards gala ceremony with Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones and Assistant Tourism Minister Meaghan Scanlon.
“The 30 award categories recognise the great work Queensland tourism operators have done over the last 12 months,” Ms Jones said.
“This event has been a sellout – we have more than 900 guests set to attend. This is a testament to the fact that Queensland’s tourism sector is booming.”