Qld in­dige­nous tourism

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THE Queens­land Govern­ment has an­nounced a range of ini­tia­tives to boost the state’s in­dige­nous tourism of­fer­ing af­ter declar­ing 2020 the “Year of Queens­land In­dige­nous Tourism” (TD 11 Nov 2019).

The Queens­land Govern­ment will work closely with Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lander peo­ples to de­velop an in­dige­nous tourism strat­egy for South East Queens­land.

Queens­land Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said the govern­ment wanted to give tourists greater ac­cess to in­dige­nous cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences and to pro­vide Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lander peo­ple with more busi­ness and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

A South East Queens­land In­dige­nous Tourism Work­ing Group formed by tra­di­tional owner groups will “iden­tify gaps and op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop the tourism in­dus­try to de­liver broad benefits across the en­tire re­gion”, she said.

The Palaszczuk Govern­ment also launched a $10 mil­lion in­dige­nous tourism fund to cre­ate eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and jobs for Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lander Queens­lan­ders.

The fund will sup­port new and unique in­dige­nous tourism prod­ucts and ex­pe­ri­ences in Queens­land, par­tic­u­larly in re­gional ar­eas.

A ded­i­cated In­dige­nous Tourism De­vel­op­ment Ser­vice will also be es­tab­lished to sup­port in­dige­nous tourism in the state.

Qld Tourism Min­is­ter Kate Jones said the new ser­vice would work with emerg­ing and es­tab­lished op­er­a­tors to start and grow their busi­nesses and prod­ucts.

“Now more than ever be­fore, we’re see­ing strong de­mand for cul­tural tourism ex­pe­ri­ences in Queens­land,” she said.

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