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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

Event Name   Destination  Date Funding
 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