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Queensland Government announces $200,000 in new funding for cultural tourism
With COVID-19 disrupting tourism in 2020, the Queensland Government has extended the Year of Indigenous Tourism to the end of 2021 and has announced $200,000 in new funding to support Indigenous festivals, events and jobs. The funding is coordinated by Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ).
Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said applications for event funding were now open and added “this is an excellent opportunity to develop existing and new Indigenous tourism experiences and encourage even more visitors to make Queensland their destination of choice.
“The Year of Indigenous Tourism Festivals and Events Fund is putting $200,000 on the table to showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture to help tourism rebuild stronger.
“We’re looking to invest in innovative events and festivals that encourage off-season tourism and help local communities to thrive.”
Queensland Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Craig Crawford said over five years, Indigenous tourism had increased by 6.4% and noted “more than 472,000 visitors have immersed themselves in the world’s oldest living cultures, right here in Queensland.
“Not only do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander festivals and events attract visitors seeking unique cultural experiences, they deliver jobs and boost local economies.
“As more visitors seek out cultural experiences, Queensland is in a great position to be Australia’s leading destination for Indigenous tourism.”
For more information on enhancing your Indigenous festival event go to: teq.queensland.com
Image: Tropical North Queensland indigenous face painting courtesy Tourism and Events Queensland.
13th August 2020 - Indigenous tourism hit hard by Coronavirus crisis
13th February 2020 - Indigenous tourism in Cairns to receive new funding
11th November 2019 - Queensland Government announces 2020 as the Year of Indigenous Tourism
30th September 2019 - Perth prepares to host World Indigenous Tourism Summit in 2020
7th August 2018 - Details announced for 2018 Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference
22nd February 2016 - Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference heads to Bunbury
15th March 2015 - Creating winning alliances in Indigenous tourism
23rd June 2014 - New Indigenous tourism ‘Champions’ announced
22nd November 2013 - ATEC backs sacked members of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia board
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