Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) is the peak regional visitor destination and marketing organisation for Tropical North Queensland (TNQ) / Cairns & Great Barrier Reef and is a membership based, industry funded, incorporated private company, limited by guarantee.
The TNQ region is best known as the gateway to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforests (the only place in the world where the ‘rainforest meets the reef’). The region encompasses Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait in the north, Cairns, Cairns Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Daintree and Cape Tribulation, Cooktown, Gulf Savannah, Kuranada, Atherton Tablelands, Mission Beach and south to Cardwell. The land coverage equates to 20% of the total area of Queensland, but is home to only 6% of the Queensland population.
Tourism is the main economic driver in the TNQ region and number one employer with one in five people employed in the tourism industry. The value to the TNQ economy was $3.5B for the 12 months ending June 2016. The largest international market is the Chinese market which attracted 241,000 visitors between June 2015 – June 2016.