Latest News & Media Releases

Keep up to date with the latest news from TTNQ. The following are the most recent media releases for both the media, travel writers and tourism trade.

Media Releases
18 Jun 2024
TTNQ conference analyses effective tourism marketing

Global tourism recovery trends, changing consumer behaviour, and responsible artificial intelligence use are among the topics to be discussed at the My Queensland TNQ Tourism Conference at the Hilton Cairns tomorrow (June 19).

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Media Releases
6 Jun 2024
Tourism toolkit to boost Gulf Savannah resilience

A toolkit to help tourism operators develop new experiences and encourage visitors to the Gulf Savannah beyond the peak season will be launched next week to help boost the region’s resilience after natural disasters.

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Media Releases
5 Jun 2024
Accessible tourism grows in Tropical North Queensland

An accessible rainforest canopy walkway and a kayak launcher are among 46 new Tropical North Queensland initiatives to result from Queensland’s Year of Accessible Tourism.

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Media Releases
2 Jun 2024
Queensland is Bluey’s world for real life

That’s the latest major tourism marketing offensive Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) is kicking off today, in its biggest campaign in more than a decade, and Tropical North Queensland has a starring role.

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Media Releases
13 May 2024
What’s New in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef – May 2024

Jump on a jetski and whizz around Pajinka, the northern-most tip of Australia, with a First Nations-led jetski tour launching on 25 May. Pafetai Morseau from Badu Island has founded Cape York Jetski Tours to showcase the remote region’s culture and history as part of an action-packed jetski tour that can also take in the Torres Strait islands. Fishing and trips to remote art centres are among the options for the tours departing from Seisa in Cape York Peninsula.

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Media Releases
13 May 2024
Sustainability News in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef – May 2024

Tropical North Queensland is the most eco-certified destination in Australia with 72 active ecocertified companies and 27 businesses undertaking the process with Ecotourism Australia.

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Media Releases
13 Mar 2024
Tropical North Queensland offers $100 off tours

Visitors to Tropical North Queensland can enjoy $100 off hundreds of tours including Great Barrier Reef trips, scenic helicopter flights and guided rainforest adventures from today with the national launch of the Tropical Dollars campaign.

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Media Releases
5 Mar 2024
Palm Cove tops list of ‘Best Beaches in the World’

Described as the ‘epitome of a tropical paradise’ Tropical North Queensland’s Palm Cove has been crowned best beach in the world by Conde Nast Traveller magazine.

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Media Releases
5 Mar 2024
Tropical North Queensland resilience attracts business events

The resilience of Tropical North Queensland after record flooding in December has inspired corporations planning incentive events for international destinations this year to move their business to Cairns.

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Media Releases
19 Feb 2024
What’s New in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef – February 2024
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Media Releases
17 Feb 2024
Visitors welcomed back to the Daintree on Monday

Independent day visitors can head north of the Daintree River from 5am on Monday 19 February to see the iconic view from the Alexandra Lookout and visit attractions such as the Daintree Discovery Centre.

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Media Releases
14 Feb 2024
Sustainability News in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

Tropical North Queensland is the most eco-certified destination in Australia with 72 active eco-certified companies and 27 businesses undertaking the process with Ecotourism Australia.

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Media Releases
20 Jan 2024
Great Barrier Reef Drive opens today

The iconic Great Barrier Reef Drive opened at 8am today (Saturday January 20) providing a coastal route to Port Douglas and Daintree in addition the daily ferry service from Cairns and the scenic inland route via Mareeba and Mount Molloy.

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Media Releases
17 Jan 2024
Tourism Recovery Officer begins work

Tourism Tropical North Queensland has appointed Fiona Nicholl to the Tourism Recovery Officer role funded by the Federal and State Governments through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

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Media Releases
3 Jan 2024
How to get to Port Douglas for a summer break

Scenic boat transfers between Cairns and Port Douglas for just $50 and a stunning inland drive are the easiest way to get to Port Douglas for the summer break you’ve been waiting for.

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Media Releases
18 Dec 2023
Tourism works to keep community and visitors safe

Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) Chief Executive Officer Mark Olsen said the organisation’s immediate focus was to keep the community and visitors safe.

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Media Releases
15 Dec 2023
Touring resumes in Tropical North Queensland

The first cruise ship has returned to Cairns, divers are back exploring the Great Barrier Reef and waterfall tours are in demand as Tropical North Queensland welcomes visitors in the wake of Cyclone Jasper.

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Media Releases
6 Dec 2023
Content grants to showcase business event offerings

Fourteen business event suppliers of Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef have received grants of up to $5,000 each to produce new content or update their website performance as part of the Create Great Program.

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Media Releases
29 Nov 2023
China Eastern announces seasonal services to Cairns

China Eastern Airlines will operate seasonal services from Shanghai to Cairns bringing Chinese visitors directly into the region for the Chinese New Year celebrations in 2024 and injecting up to $3 million into the local economy.

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Media Releases
27 Nov 2023
TNQ operators awarded

Tropical North Queensland operators took home 14 wins across 10 categories at the Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s Queensland Tourism Awards ceremony at the Cairns Convention Centre on Friday night.

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Media Releases
15 Nov 2023
TTNQ launches global campaigns to boost visitation

Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) has launched its first global trade campaigns for the ‘Cairns & Great Barrier Reef’ brand partnering with Expedia and Trip.com for activity in seven key international markets

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Media Releases
10 Nov 2023
Tropical North Queensland to host Australia Next

Tourism Australia’s signature incentive showcase will return in 2024 with the event, normally held every two years, to be held in Tropical North Queensland, as Australia continues to rebuild a strong pipeline of international business events.

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Media Releases
3 Nov 2023
Great Barrier Reef gives birth to next generation of corals

Researchers, tourism operators and Traditional Owners are poised to analyse the next generation of corals on the Great Barrier Reef after the start of the annual coral spawn was recorded last night (November 2) on Moore Reef, 47km east of Cairns.

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Media Releases
28 Oct 2023
Tropical North Queensland celebrates tourism excellence

The Tropical North Queensland tourism industry celebrated a year of record achievement at the 2023 Expedia Group TNQ Tourism Industry Excellence Awards at the Cairns Convention Centre on last night (27 October).

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Media Releases
19 Oct 2023
John O’Sullivan to Chair TTNQ Board

Experience Co Limited Chief Executive Officer John O’Sullivan has been appointed Chair of Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) at the Annual General Meeting today (October 19).

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Media Releases
6 Oct 2023
First Nations tourism flourishing in Tropical North Qld

Australian holiday travellers experiencing Indigenous tourism in Tropical North Queensland are spending almost three times more than they did before the pandemic and staying longer in the destination.

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#ExploreTNQ

Forget going for a walk to see the sunrise, around here we like to start the morning right...by jumping into it! 🪂 Book now to get your adrenaline pumping with @skydiveaustralia before you start your boring work day 😉🌅

🎥 @tabithalipkin #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia [ID: woman skydiving through the clouds]
Kicking your week off with breathtaking sights of the @athertontablelands 🍃🦋

Around here, you’ll be treated to an abundance of waterfalls, lakes, local produce and more! 🌴✨ It’s time to explore the rolling hills that stretch for miles, and one of the best places to do it is Millaa Millaa Lookout, also known as the McHugh Lookout 🌱

P.S. get your sightseeing started as the sun rises to catch the golden skies over the Tablelands - and don’t forget your jacket, it’s starting to get chilly 🥶

 🎥 @kellerdiaries #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia 

[ID: Camera panning over woman leaning on wooden fence at lookout on the Atherton Tablelands. She is standing under a tree in a white flowing dress and hat. The view overlooks grassy fields, farmlands and mountains in the distance]
We’re telling you, you WANT to be waiting at the finish line to cheer on our champs in #IMCairns tomomorrow! 🏃‍♂️🌴

🎥 @ironmanoceania & @ironmantri #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia

[ID: Drone shot of cairns Esplanade before showing clips of competitors waiting on the beach and then sprinting into the water to start their swim. Followed by clips of competitors running and one man breaking through the finish line banner. Finishes with a clip of cyclist on a long road on the coastline]
In case you didn’t already know, @queensland has some pretty epic locations right here on our own shores…especially in Tropical North Queensland 🌴⛵️

Did you know that all of this and more lies just a 2 hour drive from Cairns!? Say hello to the incredible @cassowarycoastaustralia ☀️🏝️

🎥 @_chelseacavo_ #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #cassowarycoast #missionbeach

[ID: clips of Mission Beach and Cassowary Coast including: Resort entry overlooking the pool with a pink and yellow sky in the background; boating experience showing snorkelling, blue ocean waters and golden sandy beaches]
If you didn’t already know, the most common residents of Tropical North Queensland are the tourist-turned-locals (aka ‘I came for a holiday and never left)🌴

If you’re wondering why, it’s because of incredible experiences like this one with @oceansafaricaprtib just being part of the every-day! 

Have you gone swimming with turtles before? Drop us a 🐢 or head to our bio link to find out how ☝️

🎥 @rachelsholliday #exploretnq #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #explorecairnsgbr #portdouglasdaintree #greatbarrierreef #capetribulation [ID: underwater shot of a turtle swimming amongst beautiful coral and a woman swimming alongside the turtle]
Shout out to @crystalbrookflynn for reminding us that winter in the tropics is unlike anywhere else 🌴❄️

Head to our bio link to find winter activities to book on your next holiday ☝️

#exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr  #winter #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia [ID: beautiful scenic shots of cairns in winter including a flight over the Great Barrier Reef, palm tree, sunny beaches, beautiful rainforests and colourful sunsets]
Happy World Oceans Day! 🌊🐠

Around here, the ocean isn’t just celebrated one day a year - it’s everyday! And here are just a few ways you can dive in while you’re exploring Tropical North Queensland 🩵

Head to our bio link to find more ways to explore ☝️

#exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr #worldoceansday #greatbarrierreef 

[ID: clips of woman exploring the bright blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef on a scenic helicopter flight, glass bottom boat, snorkelling, an aquarium and helmet diving]
Tag your hiking buddy 💅😮‍💨

#exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr #hiking #fitness #nature #outdoors
Hey you, time to update your holiday itinerary to include a few of Mareeba’s hidden gems! 🌴✨ 

From quaint museums, epic views over farmlands and incredible waterfalls there’s more to Mareeba than meets the eye! 

Keep an eye out on @visitmareebashire for all the tips and tricks to make your next trip away the best it can be 🙌

#exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr #mareeba #lovemareebashire #qldday 

[ID: couple exploring Mareeba including hot air ballooning, feeding wallabies at Granite Gorge Nature Park and going to the heritage museum with antiques from the region]
Happy World Environment Day! 🦋 

This years theme of #generationrestoration is a fitting one for Tropical North Queensland, with so many awesome initiatives in place to help regenerate our environment - from reef to rainforest and so much more! Here are just a few ways you can get involved 🩵🌴 

📍 Book a tour with an eco-certified operator (we have lots!)
📍 Plant a tree in the rainforest (try @ReforestYourFootprint)
📍 Reduce your waste and help clean up rubbish on our shores
📍 Take part in coral restoration projects and tours
📍 Volunteer at a wildlife rescue facility
📍 Donate to your favourite environmental cause

#exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr #worldenvironmentday

[ID: Woman standing on rock in front of flowing creek, surrounded by lush green rainforest]