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
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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CEO-Board Updates
18 Mar 2020
March 2020 CEO Update

Tourism Tropical North Queensland is taking action to ensure your business is supported through these unprecedented times. We are lobbying for business support funding to be made available for our region, while still pushing on with our local and drive campaigns with television and digital advertising targeting the regional Queensland drive market.

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CEO-Board Updates
19 Feb 2020
February 2020 CEO Update #2

Tourism has never faced a tougher time in the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region, but it is gratifying that the industry has come together in recent weeks to lobby our politicians for assistance, which has resulted in some positive outcomes.

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CEO-Board Updates
5 Feb 2020
February 2020 CEO Update

Today I am joining tourism industry representatives to meet with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones in Brisbane to discuss the outlook for the region in the wake of the coronavirus and southern bushfires and how we can move forward.

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CEO-Board Updates
22 Jan 2020
January 2020 CEO Update

Conscious of the impact of the bushfires both on our southern State counterparts and on our local operators, TTNQ’s marketing efforts have been delayed by a few weeks to ensure we are striking a balance in the market.

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#ExploreTNQ

We’re taking the scenic route to #Cooktown, care to join us? ✨ The #BloomfieldTrack is a coastal 4WD track linking Cape Tribulation to Wujal Wujal & Cooktown & is full of spectacular views, creek crossings, secluded beaches, a rainforest archway & incredible wildlife 🦋🍃 

In the wise words of @coastal_drifters … always take the dirt road 🚗
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​#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Your action packed weekend awaits 🙌 It’s been a rough ride lately, but don’t worry, @cairnsadventuregroup is here to help 🛶🌊 If your idea of a fun-filled day includes rushing rapids & getting wet & wild, then #TullyRiver rafting is just the thing to get the adrenaline pumping & liven up your time in @tropicalnorthqueensland 🌿☀️

📸 @phlipvids #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Dreaming of an island escape? ✨🐚 Then @tropicalcoastqueensland is the place for you 🏝 It’s not all about mainland beaches in #MissionBeach ☀️ Just off the coast you’ll find a bounty of breathtaking islands just waiting to be explored 😍 Discover quaint island getaways like this one in your own boat or climb aboard an island tour & discover some unmissable places like @franklandislands ⛵️ 

📸 @no.ninetofive #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Happy Tuesday from our adorable friend Rosie 🥺 Did you know that the red-legged pademelon is the only ground dwelling wallaby that lives in the @wettropicsworldheritage rainforests? 🦘🍃 
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Rosie was rescued in #CapeTribulation & is now having a great time at @daintreeicecream 🍦🌿 (we know we wouldn't mind spending our days with an ice cream company 😉)
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#exploreTNQ ​#explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Nestled deep within a 180 million-year-old rainforest, @mossmangorge is the unbelievably beautiful home of the Kuku Yalanji people ✨🌿 Before you explore the pristine waters of the gorge itself, or head off on a cultural experience in the rainforest, take some time to peruse the gallery & sample the local food at Mossman Gorge Centre 🍃🦋
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​📸 @luciemadra #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #seeaustralia #thisisqueensland
Have you ever dreamed of waking up on a volcano crater?! 🌋 Didn't know it was a thing? Let us introduce @mtquincan on the @athertontablelands 😲☀️ This luxury hideaway is the perfect romantic escape, designed specifically for couples (read, no kids!) 🥰 Each pole cabin features stunning views, fireplaces for those cool hinterland evenings and a double spa. Ahhh, the ultimate romantic trifecta! 💖🔥
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​📹 @phlipvids #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Gooood morning from #EllisBeach ☀️🌴 Who wouldn't mind taking a leaf out of @vanlifestraya's book and waking up here? ☕️ Located only 5mins north of #PalmCove on the #GreatBarrierReefDrive, you'll find the Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows. @vanlifestraya recommend getting here early to secure an unpowered spot at the end right by the beach 🏖 If you're there on a Sunday arvo, pop down to @ellisbeachbargrill dollar oysters & live music 🦪 If not, they're open daily serving delicious meals, coffee & cold drinks of course 🍻
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​#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
When you think of #CapeYork you may think of dusty roads or secluded beaches, but did you know it’s also peppered with its fair share of stunning waterfalls & swimming holes? 😲💦 #TrevathanFalls lies just south of #Cooktown in the northernmost reaches of the @wettropicsworldheritage bioregion 🌿 After taking a refreshing dip here, head to Cooktown for sunset at #GrassyHillLookout overlooking the mouth of the Endeavour River followed by a feast of local seafood at @sovereignresort 🦐🎣

⚠️ Always be croc-wise in croc country and only swim at designated swimming holes that you know are safe. 

📸 @evjocks #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia