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
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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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

A picnic under the palms might just be the perfect way to end your weekend 🌴🧺 You can stop looking for a place to go, we’re found paradise right here in @portdouglasdaintree ✨🌺 Say hello to #RexSmealPark, with unobstructed views over the Coral Sea this is one of the best spots to kick back & watch the sunset from 🌅 
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​📸 @discovering_port_douglas  #thisisqueensland #explorecairnsGBR #seeaustralia #exploreTNQ
The view of #EmeraldCreek that you might not have seen ✨🌌 This stunning @athertontablelands gem (get it? 😉) is one of the most photogenic spots around 💦 With breathtaking walking trails & awe-inspiring views of the valley, plus the unmissable #EmeraldCreekFalls 🙌 To get here from Cairns, head off along the Kennedy Highway towards Mareeba for about an hour 🚙

📸 @evjocks #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland  #explorecairnsGBR #seeaustralia
Rainforest & rapids & reefs, oh my! 🌿 

Looking for adventure? @tropicalnorthqueensland has got you covered 🪂 Discover fresh fruit at @rustysmarkets, then make your way through rapids & rivers with @cairnsadventuregroup & @babindakayaking 🛶 Don’t forget to spend some time winding down with a few drinks at @saucecairns 🍹

Your adventure starts now! Click our bio link for more great ideas 👆

📸 @jamesvodicka #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Happy World Oceans Day! 💙

With the @gbrmarinepark right on our doorstep, what better place to celebrate the wonders of the ocean? 🌊🐠 

Did you know that the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system? 😲 It’s home to an incredibly diverse range of marine life, including some prehistoric creatures & corals that are millions of years old 🐚

Find out how you can help protect the reef by clicking our bio link 👆
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​📸 @__zanewilson #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia  #exploreTNQ
Happy birthday @queensland! 🎉

Celebrating Queensland Day under the stars in #MissionBeach ✨🌴 

There’s a lot to love about our beautiful state, especially in @tropicalnorthqueensland 🙌 We’ve got the @wettropicsworldheritage listed rainforest & @gbrmarinepark in our backyard, vast outback landscapes, incredible culture & some amazing wildlife 🌿🐨 What’s not to love 😉

Is this your favourite place in Queensland? 🦋
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​📸 @gattinicolas #thisisqueensland #exploreTNQ  #seeaustralia #explorecairnsGBR
Don’t mind us, we’re just daydreaming about the postcard-perfect @fitzroyisland 🐚☀️ This quintessential tropical island National Park holds the title of one of the top beaches in the country 🏖 #NudeyBeach boasts incredible views, refreshing water & one of the most photogenic coral shores around 🏝 Remember, Nudey by name only so keep your clothes on 🤭👙

Have you visited Fitzroy Island yet? ✨

📸 @theramblerco #thisisqueensland #explorecairnsGBR #seeaustralia  #exploreTNQ
Natural beauty at its finest ✨🏖 Just a few hours drive north of Cairns, in #CapeYork, lies the breathtaking #ElimBeach ☀️ Setting up camp at @eddiesbeachcampground means you’re in the perfect position to visit the awe-inspiring Coloured Sands ✨ Only accessible by 4WD at low tide, the famous Coloured Sands are a bucket list sight for everyone who visits the area. ⚠️ Remember to stay safe while visiting. Look after yourself & this natural landmark 🧡

📸 @jensenxjade #seeaustralia #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland  #explorecairnsGBR