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Year of Accessible Tourism

2023 is the Year of Accessible Tourism in Queensland.

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The 2023 Year of Accessible Tourism in Queensland is an opportunity to recognise the importance of accessible tourism experiences for all and to ignite change and create opportunities for Queensland tourism businesses.

Targeted initiatives will be delivered as part of the Year of Accessible Tourism, with $12 million in new funding to be invested in these initiatives to help the Queensland tourism industry better cater to visitors of all abilities and provide greater destination experiences for all holidaymakers in Queensland.

This will enable everyone to participate in a tourism experience with choice and confidence and lay the foundations for making Brisbane 2032 the world’s most accessible and inclusive sporting event for athletes and spectators.

Throughout the 2023 Year of Accessible Tourism in Queensland,  the Queensland Government will deliver a range of initiatives including:

  • Accessible Tourism Queensland Fund
  • Awareness and Capability Program
  • Promoting Accessible Visitor Experiences.

The Accessible Tourism Queensland Fund will support small to medium size tourism and events businesses to develop or enhance accessibility for people of all abilities.

Funding through the Awareness and Capability Program will go towards extending the Accessible Tourism in Queensland project to additional tourism destinations across Queensland - Bundaberg, Capricorn, Gladstone, Mackay, Southern Queensland and the Whitsundays - which will complete a state-wide assessment of tourism infrastructure accessibility and tourism business capability.

Awareness and Capability Program support will include activities that raise awareness of accessibility needs and disability services support for visitors, workers and the community. Funding will also be dedicated to build the capability of tourism businesses to support workers with a disability, including sharing of resources developed across Queensland to ensure operators have the skills to employ workers with a disability.

Promoting Accessible Visitor Experiences includes targeted initiatives that promote the accessible tourism experience in Queensland for visitors of all abilities, collating information on Queensland accessible tourism experiences, capturing images, videos and stories on accessible tourism businesses and a marketing campaign.

These initiatives will provide greater destination experiences for visitors of all abilities holidaying in Queensland, with legacy outcomes including built infrastructure and skills development for tourism operators across the state in preparation for Brisbane 2032.

Last updated: 03 Nov 2022