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.