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
3 Feb 2023
Sustainable Travel Hub launches in Tropical North Queensland

Travellers can easily find interactive conservation projects, immersive cultural experiences and eco-certified operators with the launch of the Tropical North Queensland Sustainable Travel Hub today (February 3).

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Media Releases
21 Dec 2022
Record $4 billion visitor spend for Tropical North Queensland

A record number of Australian holidaymakers staying longer in Tropical North Queensland has delivered the region its fifth consecutive quarterly record with domestic expenditure reaching $4 billion for the year ending September 2022.

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Media Releases
14 Dec 2022
New direct flight from Tokyo Haneda to Cairns announced

Virgin Australia will launch direct flights from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Cairns from June 2023 bringing more than 30,000 additional visitors to Queensland.

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Media Releases
30 Nov 2022
Transport to go green in Tropical North Queensland

Visitors to the Great Barrier Reef will enjoy the silence on the reef with zero-emission scenic flights and a hybrid-electric catamaran under development for the Cairns Reef Fleet.

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Media Releases
13 Nov 2022
Australia’s first offshore nursery gives birth

Corals grown in Australia’s first offshore coral nursery at Fitzroy Island off Cairns have spawned for the first time after being planted on the Great Barrier Reef four years ago.

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Media Releases
29 Oct 2022
Awards celebrate TNQ tourism excellence

A record number of submissions were received for the 2022 Simon George & Sons TNQ Tourism Industry Excellence Awards held at the Hilton Cairns last night (October 28).

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Media Releases
27 Oct 2022
Well Traveller TV finds wellness in Tropical North Queensland

Tropical North Queensland will appear in this week’s episode of Well Traveller TV, Australia’s first wellness travel show which premiered on Sunday 23 October on Network 10.

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Media Releases
20 Oct 2022
New Directors elected at TTNQ 2022 AGM

Two new Directors have been elected to the Board of Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) and four Directors re-elected at the 2022 Annual General Meeting.

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Media Releases
12 Oct 2022
What’s New in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef (Oct 2022)

With summer just around the corner, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef introduces new tours and attractions, accommodation options, and food and beverage offerings, making it the perfect destination ahead of the upcoming holiday season.

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Media Releases
15 Sep 2022
Tropical North Queensland promotes accessible tourism

An Accessibility Hub has been added to the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef destination website to assist travellers with mobility impairment select activities and itineraries for their Tropical North Queensland holiday.

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Media Releases
10 Aug 2022
Interstate boost for Tropical North Queensland

The equivalent of 50 full 737-800 planes of interstate passengers will arrive in Tropical North Queensland before November 20 following a successful campaign to help generate an additional $15 million in visitor spend for the destination.

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Media Releases
3 Aug 2022
UK working holiday maker on winning trip to Cairns

Working on a Great Barrier Reef Island and meeting Tropical North Queensland’s wildlife are on the wish list for a UK woman who has won a first class flight to Australia as part of a major campaign to attract working holiday makers to the destination.

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Media Releases
19 Jul 2022
Ronan Keating to visit Tropical North Queensland

Irish singer and presenter Ronan Keating will be in Port Douglas holidaying with his family before playing in the Survivor Golf Grand Finale at the Mirage Country Club on December 4.

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Media Releases
11 Jul 2022
Flight subsidy to boost Tropical North Queensland visitors

Tourism Tropical North Queensland has announced $100 flight subsidies for interstate visitors to generate an extra 50,000 visitors nights over the next four months.

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Media Releases
29 Jun 2022
Tropical North Queensland sets new domestic records

Strong spending by visitors has brought a record $3 billion tourism expenditure boost to the Tropical North Queensland economy.

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Media Releases
20 Jun 2022
Cairns, the place to be for international tourism buyers

Cairns is the place to be for tourism leaders and decision-makers this November for the nation’s inbound international tourism industry flagship business event, the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) Meeting Place.

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Media Releases
6 Jun 2022
TTNQ campaign targets Working Holiday Makers

A first class international flight and free tours are being used in a Tik Tok campaign to lure international Working Holiday Makers to Tropical North Queensland.

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Media Releases
12 May 2022
International showcase for Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

The Tourism Tropical North Queensland team will join forces with more than 70 products to sell Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef at the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) in Sydney next week.

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Media Releases
28 Apr 2022
World’s top mountain biking event comes to Cairns

Crankworx, the world’s most watched mountain bike event, has announced that Cairns will be added to its World Tour in 2022 and will be held for the next two years at Smithfield’s high-profile rainforest trails.

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Media Releases
11 Apr 2022
Drive North Queensland ready for winter rush

Drive North Queensland has launched the second edition of the Drive North Queensland Map promoting iconic drives including the Great Barrier Reef Drive, Great Tropical Drive, and Epic Cape York.

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Media Releases
8 Apr 2022
Plan for First Nations tourism underway in TNQ

Consultation is about to start on the Tropical North Queensland First Nations Tourism Action Plan with workshops to be held across the region to support the development of Indigenous tourism.

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Media Releases
30 Mar 2022
Domestic visitors spend up in Tropical North Queensland

Australian visitors spent a record $2.7 billion in Tropical North Queensland during 2021 despite the loss of the key Sydney and Melbourne markets for much of the year, according to the National Visitor Survey.

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Media Releases
28 Mar 2022
Cairns welcomes inaugural Singapore Airlines flight

Cairns is once more connected to the rest of the world with the arrival of Singapore Airlines flight SQ203 today.

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Media Releases
22 Mar 2022
Federal funding to reignite international tourism for Cairns

Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of $15 million funding for the destination marketing organisation to reignite the region’s $1 billion international visitor economy.

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Media Releases
11 Mar 2022
Tropical North Queensland activation targets eco-conscious Aussies

TTNQ will turn Australia’s online editorial platform Concrete Playground ‘green’ as part of their partnership with Qantas Loyalty and the airline’s new Green tier program.

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Media Releases
7 Feb 2022
Tropical North Queensland welcomes open borders

The Tropical North Queensland tourism industry has welcomed the opening of international borders on February 21.

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Media Releases
7 Feb 2022
Tropical North Queensland tour vouchers up for grabs

North Queenslanders can apply for a $100 voucher to use for Tropical North Queensland tours and experiences such as white-water rafting, river drift snorkelling and cruising to Green and Fitzroy Islands.

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Media Releases
2 Feb 2022
What’s New in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

The beginning of 2022 in Tropical North Queensland brings a range of new tours and attractions, accommodation renovations and events, giving you plenty of reasons to visit the region this year.

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#ExploreTNQ

What in the giant clam? 🤯

The @gbrmarinepark is full of wild, wonderful and whacky creatures…and we love it! 🪸🐠

🎥 @tomsunderwaterphotography #exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #greatbarrierreef
Good morning from Noah Inlet at Cape Tribulation in @portdouglasdaintree 🌴✨💚

🎥 @lukewaitphotography #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #capetribulation #portdouglasdaintree
Don’t mind us, we’re just daydreaming about the postcard-perfect #FitzroyIsland 🐚☀️ If you ever find yourself exploring this spectacular island, there’s plenty to explore 🙌 Get down with the fishes with a dive or snorkel 🤿 Take an action-packed trip out on the water with a kayak or SUP 🛶 Get your bearings with a glass-bottom boat tour 🚤 Don’t forget to explore above-ground as well! throw on your hiking boots or settle into a day of beach hopping 🏖

📸 @fitzroyisland #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #greatbarrierreef
Weekend adventures never looked so good! 🙌

If you're looking for something to get the adrenaline going, Tropical North Queensland is the place to be - from skydiving & bungy jumping to a relaxing drift down the river you're spoilt for choice 🌴🤸

Why not spend the day exploring raging rapids with @cairnsadventuregroup? 🤩 

📸 @cairns_tours #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Is it just us or does this look like a scene out of Finding Nemo?😝

Say hello to our friend, the Marble Ray Taeniura meyeni 🐠 These rays are nocturnal, so you'll often see them resting during the day 😴 But if you manage to see them hunt, it's a pretty spectacular event! 

📸 @pablocogollos_photography #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #greatbarrierreef
Hey look, boobies! 😝

#michaelmasCay is a hotspot for seabirds, including terns, noddies and boobies (yes, really) 🦜🪺

What birds have you seen on the @gbrmarinepark? 👇

🎥 @chiaratalia_birds #exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #greatbarrierreef
@jadeexplores has been showing us some of her favourite experiences in #Cairns and we have agree, this is one of the best! 🙌🐠

Fly over the @gbrmarinepark with one of many operators around the tropics like @daintreeair, @nautilusaviation or @zoomheli 🚁

#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia