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
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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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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#ExploreTNQ

Yeah, yeah, we know you've seen #MissionBeach a lot lately 🏝 But how could you possibly get sick of looking at something so stunning? 💫🐚 
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​Snuggly tucked along @tropicalcoastqueensland, Mission beach & its 14 kms of golden beaches are one of @australia’s best-kept secrets & we’re about to tell you why ☀️ It’s not just sandy shores & nearby islands, we’ve also got river rafting, cool spa pools, hidden alcoves & a chocolate factory just to name a few 🦋

Click the bio link to find out more about Mission Beach 👆
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Who knew baby bats could be so cute?! 😍 This 7 month old spectacled flying fox belongs to an endangered species - one of many species found around @tropicalnorthqueensland 🍃 Discover the different species, how they are cared for & the importance of bats in the ecosystem on a tour at @TolgaBatHospital 🦇
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​What started as an adoption process of just two bats has turned into the Tolga Bat Hospital, with the team rescuing over 1000 orphaned & displaced bats each year! Whether you join a tour, offer a donation, pick up something from the gift store or become a member of the hospital, you can leave the @athertontablelands knowing you’ve contributed to the survival of the species ✨ 
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No matter how many times you see it, a beautiful snap of the famous #MillaaMillaaFalls is undeniably breathtaking 💦🍃 This @wettropicsworldheritage listed 18m plunge is the centrepiece of what’s known as the Waterfall Circuit 🚘🌴 While you’re here, don’t forget to explore the other gems of the @athertontablelands - #ZillieFalls & #EllinjaaFalls just to name a few 💫 

Keep your eyes peeled for an electric blue Ulysses Butterfly fluttering about on your travels 🦋
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​If you've ever imagined what an underwater sunset would look like, the coral at #ospreyreef has to be pretty close 🌅 Want to check out this incredible dive site for yourself? Hop on a liveaboard experience with @mikeballdive for the ultimate @gbrmarinepark adventure ⛵️ With expeditions departing from #Cairns, ranging from 3-7 nights, there’s no shortage of excitement to be had 🤿 

If diving into the deep isn’t quite up your alley, you can still get your underwater fix on dry land at the @cairns_aquarium 🐠
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Calling all adventure seekers! 🗣 If your idea of a good time includes bungy jumping from a 50m-high tower then you’re going to love @tropicalnorthqueensland 💫🌿 Reach new heights in #Cairns at @australia’s one & only bungy jump! 🤸‍♂️ Located just 20 minutes north of the city, you’ll be treated to views over the stunning Coral Sea as you jump or swing your way back to ground level 🍃🙌 
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​With the addition of a brand new experience on the way, this is where you discover REAL adventure 😉

📸 @thebucketlis #explorecairnsGBR #exploreTNQ #seeaustralia #thisisqueensland
Nope, you're not flicking through the pages of @natgeo, although we wouldn’t blame you for thinking you were 💫🌴 Deep within a 180 million-year-old rainforest, where ​the Kuku Yalanji people have roamed for more than 50,000 years, lies the pristine waters & stunning views of #MossmanGorge 🍃💦 Before you explore emerald green waters flowing over smooth, granite boulders enveloped by ancient tropical rainforest, head off on a Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk, peruse the gallery or sample the local food at @mossmangorge centre 🌿🎨🦖 
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​📸 @natalieleephotography  #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #explorecairnsGBR