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Queensland events for economic recovery

17 September 2021

More than 20 events across Queensland will receive $581,500 in funding to support local tourism and the Palaszczuk Government’s Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan.
 
Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Round 19 of the Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP) would support 23 events from January to May 2022.
 
“Events are important for attracting visitors to Queensland’s tourist destinations, supporting jobs and the recovery of local tourism economies,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
 
“We know for many tourism operators, interstate Covid-19 lockdowns have presented plenty of challenges, that’s why we’ve focused on supporting iconic events that encourage visitors to stay longer.    
 
“Funded events from the Gold Coast to Bundaberg and the Far North in 2022 will be promoted on the State’s It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar for maximum exposure here and interstate as traveller confidence and COVID-19 vaccinations grow.”
 
Mr Hinchliffe said five of the destination events for the first half of 2022 were receiving funding for the first time.
 
“They include Moreton Bay Multisport Festival, Rockynats Car Festival, The Surf City Cup - Australasian Series football tournament, Cooly Classic Ocean Swim and the Junior State Cup North touch football event,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
 
“We expect this round of Queensland Destination Events to generate more than $30 million for the State’s visitor economy and pandemic recovery.
 
“From sport and lifestyle events to cultural, music and arts festivals, there really is something for everybody to enjoy.”          
 
Applications for QDEP Round 20, for events up to May 2023, are already open and close on 6 October 2021. Visit this page for more information.
 
Successful QDEP Round 19 events:
 Event name  Destination  Start date  End date 
 The Planting  Brisbane  29 April 2022   1 May 2022
 Moreton Bay Multisport Festival  Brisbane  14 May 2022  15 May 2022
 Bundy Cup  Bundaberg  5 Feb 2022  6 Feb 2022
 Capricorn Film Festival 2022  Capricorn  12 Jan 2022  16 Jan 2022
 Rockynats Car Festival  Capricorn  15 Apr 2022  17 Apr 2022
 Agnes Blues, Roots & Rock Festival 2022  Gladstone  18 Feb 2022  20 Feb 2022
 Gold Coast Open  Gold Coast  30 Apr 2022  2 May 2022
 Gold Coast Film Festival  Gold Coast  20 Apr 2022  1 May 2022
 BOWLZILLA Gold Coast  Gold Coast  15 Feb 2022  20 Feb 2022
 The Surf City Cup - Australian Series  Gold Coast  27 Jan 2022  30 Jan 2022
 Cooly Classic Ocean Swim  Gold Coast  9 Apr 2022  10 Apr 2022
 Beyond the Sand  Gold Coast  12 Mar 2022  20 Mar 2022
 Gold Coast Running Festival  Gold Coast  24 Apr 2022  24 Apr 2022
 Gold Coast Triathlon: Luke Harrop Memorial  Gold Coast  3 Apr 2022  3 Apr 2022
 Roma's Easter in the Country  Outback Queensland   14 Apr 2022  18 Apr 2022
 2022 Noosa Summer Swim Festival  Sunshine Coast  18 Feb 2022  20 Feb 2022
 Noosa Festival of Surfing  Sunshine Coast  5 Mar 2022  13 Mar 2022
 Isuzu Queensland Open  Sunshine Coast  6 Mar 2022  13 Mar 2022
 Jungle Love Festival  Sunshine Coast  20 May 2022  22 May 2022
 Festival of Hell  Southern Queensland Country   5 Feb 2022  6 Feb 2022
 Junior State Cup North (JSCN)  Townsville North Queensland  2 Apr 2022  4 Apr 2022
 2022 North Queensland Games  Townsville North Queensland  29 Apr 2022  2 May 2022
 Port Douglas Hot and Steamy Festival  Cairns & Great Barrier Reef  17 Jan 2022  23 Jan 2022