Events to boost tourism in Queensland's regions
05 June 2018
Regional events across the state will benefit from a $484,500 funding boost, attracting more visitors to Queensland and supporting growth in the local tourism economy.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said 27 events would receive funding as part of the latest round of Tourism and Events Queensland’s Destination Events Program (QDEP).
“Regional events play an important role in driving tourism and supporting local economies by providing travellers with another reason to visit our unique destinations,” she said.
“This latest round will support a mixture of events from food, music and cultural festivals to sporting and lifestyle events across nine regions.”
“Many of these events have grown to become huge drawcards for their region and are an integral part of their identity, celebrating our enviable lifestyle, idyllic destinations and unbeatable hospitality.”
“This round includes a number of newly funded events such as the Brisbane Marathon Festival, Shimano Enduro Tour Gold Coast (MTB), Mechanos and The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival.”
“Event organisers can use the funding to assist with event marketing costs, strategic plan development, staff hire and event infrastructure.”
Since 2015 the Queensland Destination Events Program has invested more than $5.8 million in regional events throughout Queensland, with our It’s live in Queensland event’s calendar now worth $780 million to our state’s economy.
“Our investment in Queensland’s tourism industry will continue to grow via this funding program, increasing from $2 million to $3 million from 2018-19.”
For more information on QDEP click here.
|Dust Hustle 7 (Motorcycling)||Brisbane||1 September 2018||$10,000|
|RedFest - Redland Strawberry Festival||Brisbane||25-28 October 2018||$25,000|
|Island Vibe Festival||Brisbane||25-28 October 2018||$20,000|
|Brisbane Marathon Festival||Brisbane||3-5 August 2018||$18,000|
|The Spirit of Bundaberg Festival||Bundaberg North Burnett||13 October 2018||$25,000|
|The Hervey Bay Ocean Festival||Fraser Coast||11-20 August 2018||$15,000|
|Shimano Enduro Tour Gold Coast (MTB)||Gold Coast||12-14 October 2018||$10,000|
| Crafted Festival
||Gold Coast||3 November 2018||$15,000|
|SWELL Sculpture Festival||Gold Coast||14-23 September 2018||$25,000|
|Gold Coast World Masters (Golf)||Gold Coast||14-19 October 2018||$18,500|
|Mechanos||Mackay||11 August 2018||$10,000|
|Warwick Rodeo and Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft||Southern Queensland Country||18-19 August 2018||$11,000|
|Historic Leyburn Sprints||Southern Queensland Country||18-19 August 2018||$25,000|
|Lost Trades Fair - Toowoomba||Southern Queensland Country||6-7 October 2018||$15,000|
|Horizon Festival Sunshine Coast||Sunshine Coast||24 August – 2 September 2018||$25,000|
|Jungle Love Festival||Sunshine Coast||30 November – 3 December 2018||$15,000|
|IGA Marketplace Noosa International 7's Rugby||Sunshine Coast||11-14 October 2018||$10,000|
|The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival||Tropical North Queensland||15-19 August 2018||$20,000|
|Yarrabah Band Festival||Tropical North Queensland||3 November 2018||$25,000|
|Tastes of the Tablelands||Tropical North Queensland||13-14 October 2018||$15,000|
|Cairns Amateurs||Tropical North Queensland||7-8 September 2018||$25,000|
|Taste Port Douglas||Tropical North Queensland||15-16 September 2018||$15,000|
|Crocodile Trophy (MTB)||Tropical North Queensland||13-20 October 2018||$22,000|
|Cairns Tropical Pride||Tropical North Queensland||12-14 October 2018||$15,000|
|Hamilton Island Triathlon||The Whitsundays||17 November 2018||$15,000|
|Airlie Beach Festival of Music||The Whitsundays||9-11 November 2018||$25,000|
|Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim||The Whitsundays||18 November 2018||$15,000|