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
2 Nov 2022
November 2022 CEO Update

Budget night last week was one of the more memorable in my career as I received the call from Senators Don Farrell and Nita Green finally confirming that our destination would receive the promised $15 million in international destination marketing funds over the next three years.

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CEO-Board Updates
20 Oct 2022
October 2022 CEO Update

A strong majority of local government representatives have put their support behind further investigation of an opt-in visitor levy for local governments with 85% of attendees at the Queensland Local Government Conference voting for it in Cairns yesterday.

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CEO-Board Updates
21 Sep 2022
September 2022 CEO Update

Visitors with accessibility challenges account for some 15-20% of global tourism. Research by Tourism Australia has shown that accessible tourism can be a game changer for destinations that will assist with post-pandemic recovery by building industry resilience.

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CEO-Board Updates
24 Aug 2022
August 2022 CEO Update

TTNQ and 22 member businesses were the largest contingent at Tourism Australia’s Marketplace North America this month, meeting with 80 trade representatives to promote Cairns & Great Barrier Reef.

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CEO-Board Updates
27 Jul 2022
July 2022 CEO Update

Tropical North Queensland has a starring role in a new South Korean reality television series and Irish star Ronan Keating will be bringing his family to Port Douglas to showcase the destination through his social media channels as part of our international marketing.

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CEO-Board Updates
29 Jun 2022
29 June 2022 CEO Update

Strong spending by visitors has brought a record $3 billion tourism expenditure boost to the Tropical North Queensland economy.

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CEO-Board Updates
15 Jun 2022
June 2022 CEO Update

Cairns has earned the reputation as the best place in the world for wildlife viewing and the third best for diving and snorkelling, according to the latest Destination Think! Tourism Sentiment Index.

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CEO-Board Updates
18 May 2022
May 2022 CEO Update

The TTNQ sales and marketing team and more than 70 member products flew the flag for Cairns & Great Barrier Reef at the Australian Tourism Exchange in Sydney this week.

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CEO-Board Updates
20 Apr 2022
April 2022 CEO Update

Easter was busy across the region with 94,000 passengers passing through Cairns Airport last week and 77,000 during the first week of the Queensland school holidays. Cairns has not seen this domestic air capacity since 2018.

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CEO-Board Updates
23 Mar 2022
March 2022 CEO Update

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has given high praise to TTNQ when outlining why our destination marketing organisation has received one-quarter of the $60 million Federal funding allocated to international tourism recovery.

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CEO-Board Updates
23 Feb 2022
February 2022 CEO Update

There was a collective sigh of relief when Australia’s international borders opened on Monday allowing the tourism industry to plan ahead with the certainty we have been craving over the past two years.

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CEO-Board Updates
27 Jan 2022
January 2022 CEO Update

International education and working holiday makers are back and leisure travel is looking tantalising close as the tourism industry waits for the Federal Government to expand the number of visa categories allowed to enter Australia.

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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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#ExploreTNQ

Lake Tinaroo might have one of our favourite campsite views ⛺️✨

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Imagine waking up to a view like that 😍🪸

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Riding with false killer whales at @lizardisland 🐬🏝

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There's only one #DoubleIsland and it's not hard to see why we love it so much 🌴✨ You can paddle your way from @visitpalmcove to the island at sunrise with @palmcovewatersports or @pacific_watersports_palmcove 🛶🙌

Hot tip: We hear the best time do to it is during summer - don't forget your reef-safe sunscreen! ☀️

📸 @jworrall.photography #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #palmcove
It’s not every day you see something like this! 🤩

@underwater_images spotted this turtle just turtling around a huge fish ball at the Frankland Islands 🏝🐠

Have you ever seen anything like this? 👇

#explorecairnsgbr #exploretnq #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Once you make it to island time, you'll be having Fitzroy flashbacks for the rest of your life 😍☀️ This quintessential tropical island National Park is a must-do when you visit the tropics, our favourite spot? #NudeyBeach 🏖 Boasting incredible views, refreshing water & one of the most photogenic coral shores around 🐚✨ You can discover the island for yourself with @fitzroyislandadventures ⛵️ Don’t feel like leaving? Stay a while at @fitzroyisland resort 🍹 🏝

📸 @stvzie #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
All aboard the Kuranda Scenic Rail! 🚂🌳 Take in the living colours & natural beauty of a World Heritage-Listed Rainforest that is millions of years old when making your way from #Cairns to #Kuranda 🌿 Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time when getting to @kurandavillage to discover the quirky markets, wildlife sanctuaries & rainforest walks 🐨🦋

📸 @the_bumblebus #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Just Nemo and friends hanging out in an anemo-memno-nomne 😉🪸🐠

📸 @tomsunderwaterphotography #explorecairnsgbr #exploretnq #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia