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Media Releases

World Cup event puts Cairns ‘on track’ for tourism boost

24 Apr 2014
Thousands of people from 33 countries will descend on Cairns this weekend for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at the Smithfield Regional Park, providing another boost for the local tourism market. More >

Paradise showcased through local’s eyes

22 Apr 2014
A new tourism marketing campaign to attract Brisbane and interstate visitors to Tropical North Queensland will start screening this week. More >

Pack your bags: Queensland’s ready to holiday

15 Apr 2014
Queenslanders are encouraged to pack their bags and get ready to holiday with tourism operators looking forward to welcoming visitors this Easter and Anzac Day long weekends. More >

Four Nations double header to draw big crowds

10 Apr 2014
Brisbane is set to host its first ever rugby league Four Nations international double-header, bringing an anticipated six thousand interstate and overseas tourists to Queensland in October. More >

Mountain bike champions ride into Mount Joyce

6 Apr 2014
More than 100 of Australia’s best mountain bike riders will descend on Mount Joyce Recreation Park in the picturesque Scenic Rim today for the 2014 Subaru Australian Cross Country Marathon Championships. More >

Brisbane gallops into racing carnival season

3 Apr 2014
Brisbane has cantered into the racing season spotlight with the launch of the 2014 Brisbane Racing Carnival. More >

Visitors urged to hop into Queensland this Easter

3 Apr 2014
There is no better place to holiday this Easter than in Queensland. More >

National tournament to bowl over Gold Coast with benefits

27 Mar 2014
The Gold Coast economy will receive an injection of $45 million after securing the southern hemisphere’s largest lawn bowls event, the Australian Open, for the next five years. More >

Tourists Turtle-y mad for Mon Repos

25 Mar 2014
Mon Repos Conservation Park has hosted its second busiest tourist season in the past decade with more than 28,000 visitors witnessing one of nature's most fascinating spectacles—the annual pilgrimage of sea turtles. More >

New campaign offers perfectly seasoned escapes

14 Mar 2014
A change in season will be the focus of a new marketing campaign set to showcase the best tourism experiences and seasonal produce Southern Queensland Country has to offer. More >

Australians continue to spend more on Queensland holidays

12 Mar 2014
Australians are spending up in Queensland with a $330 million dollar boost in 2013, showing the Government is delivering on its election promise to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy. More >

Gold Coast dances onto the Bollywood movie scene

28 Feb 2014
The Gold Coast’s Famous for Fun holiday experiences will star in one of the most-anticipated Bollywood films of the year which premieres in India today. More >

Queensland boosts tourism through ‘Room 753’

27 Feb 2014
A landmark new Tourism and Events Queensland promotion is using a ‘room with a view’ to generate global social media coverage about the state’s holiday destinations and experiences. More >

World champs ready for ‘Rumble in the Rainforest’ mountain bike event

26 Feb 2014
Smithfield Conservation Park’s exciting new purpose-built cross country mountain-bike track, has received the thumbs-up from Australian and World Champion mountain bikers, Paul van Der Ploeg and Jenni King. More >

Download your destination

24 Feb 2014
Queensland’s world class tourism attractions and visitor information centres are now just a click away following the launch of a free smartphone application. More >

New Brisbane tourism campaign to harness local pride

20 Feb 2014
Tourism and Major Events Minister Jann Stuckey has joined Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to launch a new tourism campaign to further boost the city’s tourist visitor numbers. More >

Queensland tourism operators tour the Land of the Long White Cloud

17 Feb 2014
More than 50 Queensland tourism operators and organisations have attended a tourism trade mission to Auckland to showcase the state’s holiday experiences and reinforce relationships with influential New Zealand travel industry representatives. More >

Tourists make tracks to Bundaberg for turtle season

13 Feb 2014
Visitors from across the nation have been encouraged to join the bumper crowds already experiencing turtle nesting season, at the Mon Repos Conservation Park on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. More >

Queensland recognised at national tourism awards

8 Feb 2014
The strength of the State’s tourism industry has been further recognised at the 2013 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards with eleven Queensland operators awarded for their outstanding contribution. More >

‘Best Jobs in the World’ tourism ambassador praised

4 Feb 2014
Elisa Detrez will today hang up her akubra after a successful six-month stint as Queensland’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ Park Ranger and remain a life-long tourism ambassador for the state. More >

Koala set to become newest zodiac for Chinese New Year

30 Jan 2014
Move over Year of the Horse, Chinese travellers are flocking to Queensland’s Gold Coast in record numbers to celebrate Chinese New Year, this time in the spirit of the koala. More >

Turtles ride the wave of resilience back to Queensland

22 Jan 2014
One year after record floods devastated the region, hundreds of sea turtles are fighting back against Mother Nature to make their annual egg-laying pilgrimage on Queensland’s beaches. More >

Queenslanders agree on importance of tourism

16 Jan 2014
New research has shown that Queensland communities recognise the importance of the growth of the Queensland tourism industry under the Newman Government’s DestinationQ strategy. More >

Tourism and Events Queensland welcomes new CEO

7 Jan 2014
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey has today announced the appointment of Leanne Coddington as CEO of Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ). More >

Santa takes a ho-ho-holiday in Queensland to recharge in the St Nick of time

17 Dec 2013
The secret to Santa's jolliness has been revealed after he was ‘papped’ taking a sneaky week-long getaway to tropical Queensland ahead of his 32-hour around-the-world Christmas Eve journey. More >

Billion dollar boost to Queensland tourism industry

11 Dec 2013
Queensland’s tourism industry received a $1 billion boost in overnight visitor expenditure in the year to September 2013, showing the Newman Government is delivering on its election promises. More >

Great Barrier Reef becomes canvas for world’s first underwater art gallery

11 Dec 2013
Swapping conservative curators for colourful coral, Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef will play host to an art exhibition with a difference when six reef-inspired pieces go on show four metres under the sea until December 13. More >

Air New Zealand Sunshine Coast flights take off for another three years

9 Dec 2013
The Sunshine Coast tourism industry is flying high following the announcement that Air New Zealand will extend its seasonal flights from Auckland for another three years. More >

International travellers inject an extra $200 million

4 Dec 2013
International visitors spent an extra $200 million in Queensland in the year to September, with a record number of Chinese visitors delivering the extra boost for the tourism industry. More >

Airline expansion to boost Queensland jobs, tourism

4 Dec 2013
Brisbane will be home to the third Australian base for budget airline Tigerair Australia from 2014, in a significant boost to the Queensland economy and tourism sector. More >

Queensland ‘liked’ the world over

27 Nov 2013
Travellers around the world have shown their love for a Queensland holiday with Tourism and Events Queensland’s Visit Queensland Facebook page overnight reaching one million fans. More >

Drive tourism boosted in Queensland

27 Nov 2013
Queensland’s drive tourism market will be further boosted after plans were announced to overhaul camping guidelines in the state. More >

Tourism and Events Queensland targets international growth

25 Nov 2013
Queensland’s tourism industry is set for a further boost with the Newman Government today announcing a refocus of Tourism and Events Queensland’s (TEQ) international operations. More >

Top season on Fraser Coast after surge of whale sightings

21 Nov 2013
Fraser Coast tourism operators have reported a bumper whale-watching season with both humpbacks and tourists migrating to the destination this year, providing another boost to the local economy. More >

No barrier to great sex on Queensland’s reef this year

19 Nov 2013
The scuba diving fraternity along Queensland’s coast is gearing up for the biggest sex show on the planet as the world’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef, prepares for the annual coral spawning season from 22-24 November. More >

Gold Coast to host Chinese travel agents for Corroboree 2014

12 Nov 2013
Three hundred of China’s top travel agents who specialise in selling Australian holidays will converge on the Gold Coast for the inaugural Corroboree Greater China in 2014. More >

Australian PGA Championship tees off on the Gold Coast

7 Nov 2013
The Australian PGA Championship teeing off on the Gold Coast today will deliver a massive boost to the state’s tourism industry with more than 30,000 visitors expected to attend and 400 million television viewers across 40 countries expected to watch the world-class sporting event. More >

Bundaberg welcomes turtles to town for predicted bumper season

7 Nov 2013
Spurred by earlier-than-expected sightings of nesting turtles, the coastal Queensland town of Bundaberg is coming out of its shell, preparing to welcome tens of thousands of turtle-tracking visitors for the annual breeding season. More >

Queensland-Qantas tourism campaigns take off

6 Nov 2013
A major international promotion to entice more UK, US and Hong Kong visitors to travel to Queensland has taken off this month as part of the new $12 million agreement between Queensland and Qantas. More >

Queensland events receive $1.4 million funding boost

4 Nov 2013
Fifty-two events across the state will share $1.4 million in new funding under the latest round of the Tourism and Events Queensland Regional Development Program. More >

Queensland artists to gain international audience

25 Oct 2013
Eight Queensland artists and companies who will be on show to more than 600 national and international producers at the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) have been congratulated by Arts Minister Ian Walker and Tourism and Events Minister Jann Stuckey. More >

Campaign to inspire tourists to book a Queensland turtle encounter

22 Oct 2013
Holiday makers will be encouraged to secure their spot to experience Queensland’s awe-inspiring turtle season, with a new tourism campaign being launched today. More >

Droves of students set for an outback excursion

18 Oct 2013
Swags of Queensland students will be encouraged to take an excursion to experience Australia’s most authentic classroom in Outback Queensland as part of a new Tourism and Events Queensland marketing campaign, launched this week. More >

New Zealanders invited to take in a blockbuster Brisbane event

17 Oct 2013
An invitation to attend Brisbane’s blockbuster summer event season will be extended to New Zealanders as part of a new tourism marketing campaign which began this week. More >

Gold Coast to star on Australians' holiday lists this summer

4 Oct 2013
Gold Coast tourism attractions will be the star of screens across Australia from next week, reminding Australians to book a trip to the nation’s playground this summer. More >

Queensland welcomes first Emirates A380 Brisbane flight

2 Oct 2013
Queensland today welcomed the arrival of the first daily Emirates A380 Dubai-Brisbane-Auckland service in a boost worth an estimated $23 million in visitor expenditure annually. More >

Queensland scores 2014 Cricket Test

12 Sep 2013
Thousands of Indian travellers and cricket enthusiasts from home and abroad will descend on Brisbane next year with the Gabba confirmed to host an India v Australia Test Match. More >

Queensland a firm holiday favourite

11 Sep 2013
Queensland remains a favourite holiday destination for Southerners according to new figures released today. More >

Tourism operators to shine in land of the rising sun

9 Sep 2013
Sixteen Queensland tourism operators will travel to Japan this week as part of a tourism trade mission, showcasing the State’s holiday experiences to up to 300 travel wholesalers and retail agents. More >

Queensland’s official Instagram account has gone to the dogs

6 Sep 2013
In a paw-ssible world first, Queensland’s official Instagram account will be taken over by a computer-savvy canine, as part of a new social media campaign by Tourism & Events Queensland. More >

School children to have a whale of a time on the Fraser Coast

5 Sep 2013
Students from a Gladstone school have won a trip to see the Fraser Coast’s humpback whales after taking part in the ‘Junior Whale Whisperers’ program, an initiative of the ‘Harvey and the Humpbacks’ tourism marketing campaign. More >

Inaugural ‘Season of Sailing Cup’ winner crowned

4 Sep 2013
Flying Cloud, owned by Howard Piggott, has taken out the inaugural Season of Sailing Cup, an initiative designed by Tourism and Events Queensland to encourage more visitors and participation at a series of sailing events throughout Queensland. More >

More than 400 ProBloggers heading to the Gold Coast this September

29 Aug 2013
The Gold Coast may be ‘Famous for Fun’ but in two weeks’ time it will also become ‘Famous for blogging’, when Australia’s blogging guru Darren Rowse brings his annual ProBlogger Training Event to the Sunshine State. More >

China Southern Airlines to fly daily to Queensland

20 Aug 2013
Queensland’s tourism industry has received another boost today with China Southern Airlines officially confirming it will increase its Guangzhou-Brisbane route to a daily service from 21 November 2013. More >

Qantas increases access to Queensland for US travellers

19 Aug 2013
More Americans will have access to Queensland each year after Qantas announces that it will increase its Los Angeles-Brisbane service to daily flights from December. More >

Regional tourism organisations to receive $3 million in tourism grants

13 Aug 2013
Queensland tourism will receive a major boost with 22 regional projects sharing almost $3 million, as part of the Queensland Government’s Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) Contestable Grants Funding Scheme. More >

First day on the job for Queensland's 'Best Job' Park Ranger

7 Aug 2013
Elisa Detrez, an online marketer from France who beat more than 10,000 applicants for the ‘Best Job in the World’ Park Ranger position, started work in Queensland today. More >

Scoot delivers $100 million tourism boost

31 Jul 2013
Queensland has received an estimated economic boost of $100 million in visitor expenditure, thanks to Scoot’s launch of direct flights between Singapore and the Gold Coast just over a year ago. More >

New Zealand students offered Queensland field trip of a lifetime

30 Jul 2013
One New Zealand school class will make the field trip of a lifetime thanks to a new tourism campaign anchored by a partnership between Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), Qantas and a leading New Zealand children’s television program. More >

New Zealand travel agents to 'go walkabout' in Queensland

29 Jul 2013
Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) will host more than 40 New Zealand travel agents on a tour of Queensland in August as part of the third instalment of the ‘Tri-State Walkabout’ tourism trade event. More >

‘Whitsundays Pictures Presents’ new tourism campaign

15 Jul 2013
Australians will have the chance to contribute to a movie-style script ‘starring’ Whitsundays’ holiday experiences as part of a ground-breaking new tourism campaign. More >

Queensland and Qantas in milestone marketing agreement

11 Jul 2013
The Queensland Government and Qantas have today signed a $12 million cooperative marketing agreement to promote the State’s tourism destinations to the world. More >

More international flights to Queensland through AirAsia X

5 Jul 2013
Almost 40,000 extra travellers a year will have access to Queensland via an AirAsia X daily service between Kuala Lumpur and the Gold Coast. More >

Frenchwoman named Queensland’s ‘Best Job’ Park Ranger

21 Jun 2013
Elisa Detrez, an online marketer from France, was today announced the winner of Queensland’s Park Ranger position as part of the ‘Best Jobs in the World’ global tourism drive. More >

Queensland’s ‘Best Job’ Park Ranger finalists arrive for final challenge

15 Jun 2013
The final three candidates for Queensland’s Best Job, the ‘Park Ranger’, were today welcomed to the State by Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey as they complete their applications and embark on a final quest for the dream job. More >

New tourism campaign promotes – ‘Where great begins’

23 May 2013
A new marketing initiative promoting the beauty and accessibility of the Southern Great Barrier Reef will roll out this month to entice more south east Queenslanders to the region. More >

Lights, camera… “And Action” on Gold Coast tourism campaign

17 May 2013
A new blockbuster Gold Coast tourism campaign ‘And Action’ will grace the silver screen from this Sunday. More >

Final three candidates revealed for Queensland’s Best Job

16 May 2013
An Airport Ambassador, Online Marketer and Ecology Student represent the top three potential ‘Park Rangers’ announced today for Queensland’s ‘Best Job in the World’. More >

Emirates decision a major boost to Queensland tourism

16 May 2013
Almost 100,000 additional tourists a year will be able to visit Brisbane with Emirates’ first regular A380 services into the city. More >

Festival serves up a fine decade of culinary delights

16 May 2013
Thousands of visitors from Australia and overseas are expected from today on the Sunshine Coast for the prestigious Noosa International Food and Wine Festival. More >

Aussies invited to ‘I Spy’ a Queensland holiday, phase two

11 May 2013
Following its success in 2012, Australians will be invited to spy a Queensland holiday as part of the second instalment of the ‘I Spy’ national tourism marketing campaign. More >

State Government’s record investment in ‘Harvey and the Humpbacks’

9 May 2013
The largest ever tourism investment promoting Fraser Coast as Australia’s signature whale watching destination will make a splash when the ‘Harvey and the Humpbacks’ campaign starts in June. More >

Skies open for Queensland tourism in major new US campaign

6 May 2013
Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) will launch its largest ever American tourism marketing campaign in conjunction with major United States carrier Delta Air Lines. More >

Cairns to host global tourism trade show in 2014

30 Apr 2013
Cairns will be the first Australian regional centre to host Tourism Australia’s annual global Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) trade event in 2014. More >

Brisbane’s largest tourism campaign to reach New Zealand

29 Apr 2013
Brisbane’s new autumn/winter tourism campaign will be the largest to date with its reach spreading interstate and to New Zealand, the Lord Mayor of Brisbane Graham Quirk said. More >

Travellers enticed to ‘make the most of the moment’ on Sunshine Coast

28 Apr 2013
A major new Sunshine Coast tourism marketing campaign will begin today to build on the 1.7 million Australians who travelled to the region for a Naturally refreshing holiday in 2012. More >

Queensland tourism operators descend on Sydney for Tourism Exchange

26 Apr 2013
More than 100 Queensland tourism operators will arrive in Sydney from today to promote the State to key international travel buyers at the 2013 Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE). More >

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