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
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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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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#ExploreTNQ

POV: walking through the rainforest canopy at @mamutropicalskywalk 🌴

📸 @_clare.louise_ #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Winter in the outback? Now that’s what we call heaven ☀️ If you’re visiting @cobboldgorge, don’t forget to book a boat or SUP tour 🛶 There’s no better way to get up close & personal with the beauty of the gorge ✨ Beneath your board, native fish dart through the waters & beside you, the sandstone walls soar 19 metres high! 🐠⛰

📸 @hjones0710 #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia 

[ID: People in a small boat travelling through Cobbold Gorge. The water is green and blue in colour and surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs]
PSA excessive caffeine was consumed in the making of this video ☕️ Before the Monday morning blues hit, pick your perfect coffee stop in Cairns 😌

📍 @wharfonecairns
📍 @thechamberscairns
📍 @succulivingandco
📍 @guyalacafe
📍 @thenookcairns

#explorecairnsGBR #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Holy shark…whale shark that is! 🦈

This guy came to visit the @greatadventurescruises semi-sub recently and really livened up these lucky guests’ reef trip 🤿🐠

Have you seen anything quite like this on your trip to the @gbrmarinepark? 😱

#explorecairnsGBR #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
C’mon give us a smooch 💋

The team at @descentproductions came face to snorkel with this 240lb potato cod at the famous Cod Hole off the coast of @tropicalnorthqueensland 🤿🐠

#explorecairnsGBR #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Just a couple of Papuan Frogmouths caught by the paps 🎥 Much like our fan favourites the Tawny Frogmouth, these guys aren't actually owls at all 🦉 They are part of the Nocturnal Nightjar family, and are the largest of the Frogmouths in length 🌴🪶 Although the Papuan Frogmouth is common, they’re masters of disguise, meaning they can be hard to spot to even by the sharpest pair of eyes 👀

📸 @matti_rambo_shoots #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia 

[ID: close up of two Papuan Frogmouth birds (similar in appearance to owls) sitting on a branch staring at the camera]
t's not hard to see why Mena Creek Falls has been enchanting visitors to @paronellapark forever 🏰🍃 Have you been here before?

📸 @_rochelleryan_ #explorecairnsGBR #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia

[ID: aerial of person standing on the bridge at Mena Creek Falls, surrounded by lush greenery]
Just some humpbacks putting on a whaley great show just off the @cassowarycoastaustralia 🐋🤩

📸 @troybe_spearfishing #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia