Tourism Industry Tradeshows

TTNQ attends industry tradeshows to promote our destination. TTNQ frequently shares the trade booth with its members or exhibits on the stand of Tourism and Events Queensland or Tourism Australia as a guest.

Australian Tourism Exchange

Next event: 19 – 23 May 2024

The Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) is Australia’s largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event hosted by Tourism Australia. The event brings together Australian tourism businesses, and tourism wholesalers and retailers from around the world through a combination of scheduled business appointments and networking events. It also provides international travel buyers with the opportunity to experience Australia’s tourism offering first-hand through pre and post-event familiarisations. Around 1,500 Australian seller delegates from approximately 550 companies, 650 key buyer delegates from over 30 countries, and 70 international and Australian media attend this global event.

Who attends: TTNQ’s CEO, General Manager of Marketing and Sales & Marketing Managers

ATEC Meeting Place

Next event: 30 October – 1 November  2023

The flagship business-to business gathering for Australia’s tourism industry, connecting buyers to sellers hosted by the Australian Tourism Export Council. This event brings together thought leaders and decision-makers from across the country to participate in commercially relevant B2B workshop appointments, engaging conference sessions and invaluable networking opportunities.

Who attends: TTNQ Sales & Marketing Managers


Australia Marketplace Series – North America, UK & Europe, China, India and South East Asia

Event dates: South East Asia 18 – 21 July 2023 / India 23 – 27 July 2023 / North America 6 – 8 August 2023 / China 4 – 7 December 2023

Australia Marketplace provides representatives from the Australian Tourism Industry the opportunity to establish business relationships with key qualified travel agencies and tour operators from the UK & Europe, North America, India, China and SE Asia. The event is hosted by Tourism Australia.

Who attends: TTNQ Sales & Marketing Managers


Queensland in Calling Roadshows – Japan, South Korea, UK and Europe, New Zealand and China

Event dates: Japan & South Korea 3 – 8 September 2023 / UK & Europe 3 – 8 December 2023 / New Zealand 26 February – 1 March 2024 / China 18 – 22 March 2024

Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) offers the Queensland tourism industry the opportunity to engage with International trade partners, through attending the Queensland is Calling Roadshows. These roadshows provide a platform for Queensland destinations and products to engage and train International product managers, wholesaler staff and retail agents (including Aussie Specialists).

Who attends: TTNQ Sales & Marketing Managers


TTNQ Roadshow – Japan

Event dates: 11 – 12 September 2023

TTNQ adds it’s own roadshow to TEQ’s Queensland is Calling Roadshow trade event. The roadshow was held in Fukuoka and Sapporo where the major regional cities are in Japan. The event consists of 4 seminars.

Who attends: TTNQ Sales & Marketing Manager and selected members


Asia Pacific Incentives & Meetings Event

Event dates: 19 – 21 February 2024, Melbourne

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), is the leading trade event for the meetings and event industry in the Asia Pacific region. Each year, members of Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef (BECGBR) join the bureau team to meet with qualified business event buyers from Australasia, but also some from key international markets including Asia, New Zealand and the USA.

The AIME program includes a day of knowledge and exchange sessions, followed by two consecutive days of pre-scheduled trade appointments. The event expects to host 500 buyers from around the world and welcome 3,500 visitor buyers and over 400 exhibitors.

Who attends:  Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef team and stand partners who are active in the incentive market.


Event dates: 14 – 16 November 2023

Hosted by Business Events Australia, Dreamtime is held every two years in a different Australian destination. The Dreamtime program consists of business-to-business sessions between Australian industry and international incentive agents.

Post the Dreamtime trade show, buyers from the USA delegation will travel to Cairns & Great Barrier Reef for a three-day educational to experience first-hand the incentive offering of the destination.

Who attends:  Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef team and stand partners who are active in the incentive market.

Professional Conference Organisers Association Conference

Event dates: 10 – 12 December 2023, Adelaide

The PCOA conference is held annually in a different Australian city. The event provides the opportunity for business events suppliers and buyers to participate in interactive professional development sessions, panel discussions with industry leaders and networking events to strengthen relationships with key industry stakeholders.

Who attends: Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef team and industry representatives who are active in the business events market.

IMEX America & IMEX Frankfurt

Event dates:  America 17 – 19 October 2023 / Frankfurt 1316 May 2024 

IMEX is a global exhibition event for incentive travel, meetings and events that attracts thousands of professionals internationally. Business Events Australia attends both IMEX America and IMEX Frankfurt tradeshows and hosts a stand for Australian convention bureaux and Convention Centres.

Who attends:  Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef and Cairns Convention Centre.


Business Events Australia Greater China Showcase

Next event: March 2024

The Business Events Australia Greater China Showcase is Tourism Australia’s signature showcase event for the China business events market. The three-day program provides Australian industry with the opportunity to strengthen relationships with key international business events agents, corporate buyers and media, and helps them gain insights into the China market.

Who attends: Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef


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[ID: Two people swimming in the bright blue water of the Cardwell Spa Pool, surrounded by green trees. The ground and trees are damp from recent rainfall.]
If only every day could finish on a high like this 💫 

@yagurlitours and @balloonaloft have teamed up to give you the chance to experience a breathtaking hot air balloon float over  spectacular Gulf country 🌅✨

Australia’s largest salt pans can be found in Burketown in the Gulf of Carpentaria, country of the Gangalidda & Garawa peoples. This incredible tour teaches guests about connection to the land & how the intricate weave of patterns & textures below closely resemble the beautiful art they create 👣🌺

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Immerse yourself in the rich First Nations cultures of Tropical North Queensland at @ShineOnGimuy from 3-13 October 2024! With mesmerising light sculptures, cultural dance, educational conversations, workshops, live music, and more – this is one event you don’t want to miss ✨👣
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Would you ever eat a dinner prepared by a chef no taller than your fork? 🍴

Le Petit Chef and Friends is now delighting guests at DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns! Watch the worlds tiniest chefs cook up a storm that is as entertaining as it is delicious 🍽️✨
📅 Le Petit Chef and Friends is in Cairns for a limited time: Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30-8:00pm until the end of October. Don’t miss out – book your experience now! 

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Holy croc-amole 🐊

If there’s one place where spotting crocs is a crowd favourite, it’s Tropical North Queensland! There’s a lot to learn about these prehistoric creatures & around here you don’t just have to read it in a book! 🌿

Catch a croc presentation at one of our awesome wildlife parks, or try a wildlife spotting cruise to safely visit our scaly friends 🌴✨

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📍 Rinuirru (Lakefield National Park) is home to nine different Aboriginal clans - the Lama Lama and Kuku Thaypan peoples, the Bagaarrmugu, Mbarimakarranma, Muunydyiwarra, Magarrmagarrwarra, Balnggarrwarra and Gunduurwarra clans and some related families. 

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Tropical North Queensland is home to a huge array of breathtaking Indigenous rock art sites, so we thought we’d bring you along to explore some in #Chillagoe ✨ 

There are two publicly accessible Aboriginal art sites here, the Wullumba and the Mundane site (pictured in post). We know Chillagoe is a great destination for all you history buffs, so why not make it a little more special with a trip to see this historic art 👣

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