Events across regional Queensland will receive a boost in funding from the State Government, with Tourism and Events Queensland launching the latest round of the Queensland Destination Events Program.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said 20 events would receive a total of $828,000 across eight regions.
“We invest in events because they bring tourists to regional Queensland and support local jobs,” Ms Jones said.
“A total of five events will receive funding for the first time ever, including the Gold Coast Running Festival, the Big Pineapple Music Festival in southern Queensland and the Ipswich Festival.”
“Two renowned events with a strong track record of growth will also receive significant long-term funding of up to four years: the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival in Outback Queensland, a highlight during the 2019 Year of Outback Tourism, and Bleach The Gold Coast Festival, which delivered a great arts and culture program during the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”
Ms Jones said funding could be used for marketing, strategic plan development, new staff or for event infrastructure.
“We work closely with organisers to maximise the impact of these events for our economy; encouraging tourists to stay in regional Queensland to experience what we have to offer,” Ms Jones said.