CEO & Board Updates

The CEO and Board provide regular updates to members and stakeholders on TTNQ’s activities and the state of the industry. These are included in TTNQ’s member newsletters.

CEO-Board Updates
15 Dec 2021
December 2021 CEO Update

Queensland’s barriers have finally lifted for domestic travel and international visitation is just around the corner as our industry nervously waits to gauge the consumer confidence in travel for early 2022.

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CEO-Board Updates
17 Nov 2021
November 2021 CEO Update

Congratulations to the winners and finalists at the Queensland Tourism Awards in Brisbane last week. It was inspiring to see 21 Tropical North Queensland products had made the enormous effort to enter the awards during one of the most challenging years our industry has faced.

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CEO-Board Updates
20 Oct 2021
October 2021 CEO Update

The Premier’s announcement of 17 December as the date for the reopening of Queensland’s borders is welcome news. It will give confidence to consumers and a compelling reason for the community to be vaccinated.

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CEO-Board Updates
8 Sep 2021
September 2021 CEO Update

Will a Tropical North Queensland tourism operator win the RACQ People’s Choice Awards in the Queensland Tourism Awards this year? I hope so and we can help by voting for them.

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CEO-Board Updates
11 Aug 2021
August 2021 CEO Update

TTNQ is urging the State and Federal Governments to work together on wage support assistance similar to the JobSaver program offered by the New South Wales Government in conjunction with the Commonwealth.

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CEO-Board Updates
14 Jul 2021
July 2021 CEO Update

TTNQ recognises the impact that school holiday lockdowns have caused Cairns & Great Barrier Reef tourism operators with losses of $3-5 million a day in the region.

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CEO-Board Updates
16 Jun 2021
June 2021 CEO Update

Domestic interest in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef has never been stronger as we enter the traditional peak season for welcoming our southern friends escaping their cold winter.

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CEO-Board Updates
19 May 2021
May 2021 CEO Update

The Federal Government’s additional $7.7 million in targeted support to promote Cairns & Great Barrier Reef as a year-round destination to domestic visitors will significantly increase the domestic marketing power of our destination.

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CEO-Board Updates
7 Apr 2021
April 2021 CEO Update

Domestic demand for Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is at an all-time high with more than 60,000 people expected through Cairns Airport this week after a very successful Easter brought 21,000 arrivals our way.

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CEO-Board Updates
10 Mar 2021
March 2021 CEO Update

The Cairns Holiday Dollars campaign has turned the spotlight on Cairns & Great Barrier Reef with almost 100,000 people registering in just 48 hours and more than $4.6 million in publicity generated for the destination.

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CEO-Board Updates
10 Feb 2021
February 2021 CEO Update

Federal Tourism Minister Dan Tehan has assured the Tropical North Queensland business community that the Government would offer targeted support for those who need it beyond March.

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CEO-Board Updates
9 Dec 2020
December 2020 CEO Update

2021 presents our region with both challenges and opportunities. Our primary international markets will hopefully be returning to the region, and we have a real opportunity to increase our share of Australians travelling at home in 2021.

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CEO-Board Updates
25 Nov 2020
November 2020 CEO Update

The Cairns & Great Barrier Reef tourism industry has 125 million reasons to be happy with the confirmation that visitors from Greater Sydney and Victoria will be able to travel from 1 December.

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CEO-Board Updates
28 Oct 2020
October 2020 CEO Update

Summer is upon us and with it comes regular quenching rainfall, sweet tropical produce, crystal clear waters on the reef and the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef “Summer Great. Leave Greater.” campaign, which launched on Sunday 25 October.

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CEO-Board Updates
16 Sep 2020
September 2020 CEO Update

Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) has secured a $16.5 million five-year funding agreement with Cairns Regional Council.

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CEO-Board Updates
19 Aug 2020
August 2020 CEO Update

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef will be in the spotlight next week with Queensland’s Cabinet, the State’s tourism leaders and the Today Show’s weather team all in region.

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CEO-Board Updates
8 Jul 2020
July 2020 CEO Update

With travel restrictions lifting, except from Victoria, TTNQ is ramping up its domestic marketing activities in Queensland and interstate. We are working in close cooperation with the airlines, Tourism and Events Queensland and our retail partners to align our marketing efforts.

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CEO-Board Updates
10 Jun 2020
June 2020 CEO Update

During the COVID-19 lock-down in April and May TTNQ’s marketing and digital activity reached more than 2 million Australians generating an advertising value equivalent of $4.3 million with a limited marketing spend.

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CEO-Board Updates
13 May 2020
May 2020 CEO Update

What do you love about our region that you are looking forward to sharing with your mates when travel restrictions ease?

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CEO-Board Updates
1 Apr 2020
April 2020 CEO Update

The Prime Minister’s announcement of the JobKeeper payment could be a lifeline for tourism businesses needing to retain staff while they are not able to trade. TTNQ and our members have lobbied for a wage subsidy as a priority for the tourism sector and I encourage you to investigate whether it will assist your business.

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#ExploreTNQ

If the only trills you’ve heard in a while have come from notifications on your devices, it’s time to plan your escape from the sounds of the city & replace them with the bird calls of the forest, at @rosegumswildernessretreat on the @athertontablelands 🌿✨
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​📸 @phlipvids #thisisqueensland #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #seeaustralia
@portdouglasdaintree might be home to one of the most picturesque churches in all of @australia ✨⛪️ After almost being demolished in the mid-1980s, The iconic St Mary’s By the Sea chapel is the last remaining church of historical significance in Port Douglas 🙌🌴 Not to mention it makes for one dreamy photo op, no wonder it's one of the region's favourite wedding spots! 😍
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​📸 @davidlloydphotography #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #exploreTNQ  #seeaustralia
Island paradise in @tropicalcoastqueensland 🏝

This is #MuggyMuggyBeach on #DunkIsland just off the #CassowaryCoast ☀️🐚 Find a friend with a boat, hire your own boat or book a charter boat & head on over to this breathtaking island. If you're looking for a little more adventure you can book a campsite to stay the night, or stop in with @coralexpeditions on your way south to Hinchinbrook Island​! It's a top choice no matter how you get there 😍🌊
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📸 @phlipvids #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland  #explorecairnsGBR #seeaustralia
Did you know that the fish sculptures at the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, by Torres Strait Islander artist Brian Robinson, are modelled on smaller fish usually woven with palm leaves in traditional Indigenous artwork 🐠🌴 #Cairns is the perfect place to spend the day on your next tropical holiday - quirky markets, incredible food & luxury stays, this is where your holiday begins ☀️🌊 
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​📸 @danandmoore #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #seeaustralia  #thisisqueensland
Winter is in a few months time, you know what that means...​It's almost dwarf minke whale season! 🐋 
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​While 'dwarf' might not seem like the right word to describe a creature up to 8 metres in length & almost 6 tonnes heavy 🏋️‍♂️ They’re actually much smaller in comparison to their common minke cousins! Little is known about this pocket-sized whale, but the @gbrmarinepark is the only known predictable aggregation in the world & the only place where people are able to swim alongside this majestic animal 🐠🤿 
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​One thing that we do know is that these curious creatures love to hang around boats & divers to show off a little ⛵️ But only for a few months of the year, so if you’re looking to make friends with a minke head on over to @mikeballdive 🐚🌊
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​You'll have a whale of a time 😉

📸 @seajewlz #thisisqueensland  #seeaustralia #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #dwarfminkewhale
Staying at a hotel just to sleep in a nice room? Nah, staying at a hotel to make full use of all the incredible amenities, like a takeaway picnic pack from @​reefhousepalmcove 🌴🧺 These perfect packs can be enjoyed wherever your heart desires, whether that's on the beach, by the pool, in-room or on a day out exploring our beautiful region ☀️🌊
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​#explorecairnsGBR #seeaustralia  #thisisqueensland #exploreTNQ
It might have been a rough ride lately, but not to worry, @cairnsadventuregroup is here to help! 🛶🌊 If your idea of a fun-filled day includes rushing rapids & getting wet & wild, then #TullyRiver rafting with @ragingthunder is just the thing to get the adrenaline pumping & liven up your time in @tropicalnorthqueensland 🌿☀️
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​#thisisqueensland #exploreTNQ #seeaustralia  #explorecairnsGBR #cassowarycoast @tropicalcoastqueensland