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
4 Jul 2024
Tropical North Queensland showcased to NZ agents

New Zealand’s top Expedia Travel Agent Affiliate Program agents were rewarded with an eight-day famil of Tropical North Queensland ahead of an increase in direct flights to Cairns.

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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

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 ✨👣
 
Make your trip a little more special by heading to the Great Barrier Reef aboard @DreamtimeCairns, cruise the Trinity Inlet around Gimuy (Cairns) with @Mandingalbay or explore further with one of our welcoming First Nations tour guides 🌴
 
#ExploreTNQ #ExploreCairnsGBR #ShineOnGimuy #QldMusicTrails #TropicsTrail
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! 

#exploretnq #explorecairnsGBR
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 🌴✨

You might even be lucky enough to spot one in the wild on your own travels, but remember to always be Croc-wise ⚠️

📍 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. 

🎥 @overlandtravellers #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #capeyork
Looking for some art that rocks? Look no further! 😉

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 👣

#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #Indigenousrockart #rockart #naidocweek
Looking for something to do this weekend? We’re heading south to @cassowarycoastaustralia for an adventure near Mission Beach 🌴🦋 

See you there? 👋

#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Road trips are a loved pastime around the tropics, and it’s no surprise why when we have famed spots like Attie Creek Falls along the way! Add this to your next road trip bucket list 🌴🩵

Remember! Attie Creek Falls is a seasonal waterfall, so time your trip for when there’s been a little rain about ☔️

🎥 @hears_the_melody #cassowarycoast #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #exploretnq #explorecairnsGBR 

[ID: two women climb over boulders around a swimming hole. There is a thin waterfall flowing over brown rocky cliff into the pool below. There are bushy green trees around the edges of the frame]
Send this to someone who you’d take on a  @sailawayportdouglas sunset sail ⛵️🌅

🎥 @isabellawanders #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #exploretnq #explorecairnsGBR #portdouglasdaintree

[ID: couple on sunset sail at Port Douglas, pouring champagne, eating from cheese platter and enjoying views over the blue coral sea]
In case you were wondering what your camera roll would look like after a trip to @mtmulliganlodge 🌴🏜️

This is the place where rugged meets luxury just 150kms north-west of Cairns 🌾 The 18km escarpment dominates the landscape with the lodge perfectly positioned to enjoy views over their weir towards the sandstone range. The lodge's fine attention to detail, breathtaking location & exceptional service has also helped to earn it a badge as a @luxurylodgesofaustralia 🥂📍

🎥 @jim_jam_911 #visitmareeba #athertontablelands #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #exploretnq #explorecairnsGBR 

[ID: Short video clips of room at Mount Mulligan Lodge, kayaks next to lake, camouflage print truck, lodge bar, cows in a river, food, balcony bath tub and camp fire]