Skip to content

Year of Indigenous Tourism

Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) tourism is an iconic part of the Queensland tourism offering. It is essential to attracting new and return visitors to Queensland and ensuring participation of Indigenous Australians in the tourism industry.

We are committed to supporting the growth of Indigenous business and partnerships and increasing Indigenous participation in tourism, generating jobs and economic outcomes.

We are investing $10 million over the next two years for Indigenous tourism development and growth.

The 2020, the Year of Indigenous Tourism is part of our commitment to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders to take charge of their economic futures.

The Queensland Government, following consultation with industry, has extended the Year of Indigenous Tourism to 2021 as a result of the impacts of COVID-19.

Queensland is home to world-class Indigenous tourism experiences and has the unique ability for visitors to experience both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Tourists are increasingly looking for local experiences that reflect their values and have a sense of purpose.Latest research from Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) shows:

  • more than 324,000 international visitors to Queensland took part in an Indigenous tourism activity
  • more than 120,000 domestic overnight trips to Queensland included an Aboriginal tourism experience.

The Year of Indigenous Tourism will build on this momentum, giving visitors greater access to Indigenous cultural experiences and thereby providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with business and employment opportunities.

During the Year of Indigenous Tourism, our department will support:

  • Indigenous tourism product and event development
  • tangible business growth opportunities for existing operators
  • expanded employment opportunities across the industry
  • opportunities for visitors to explore the wealth of knowledge that Indigenous people can share about country and celebrate the rich art, music, stories and dance of Traditional Owners.

We will deliver initiatives including:

  • a fund to support new, unique and innovative Indigenous tourism products and experiences in Queensland, particularly in regional areas
  • a new Our Country Indigenous Tourism Development Service with officers on-the-ground in Brisbane and Cairns to help Indigenous tourism businesses start up and expand
  • support for Indigenous businesses looking to grow to the next level through the Indigenous Innovation and Entrepreneurs Program (IIEP)

Further information

Last updated: 20 Jul 2020