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Your Whitsundays Experience Starts Here...

Your Whitsundays experience starts here...

Tourism Whitsundays, together with Tourism and Events Queensland, seeks to further develop regional events and facilitate the introduction of new events in an effort to drive greater visitation to the Whitsundays region and, ultimately, generate increased economic activity and development that benefits the community. Events play a key role in fostering regional tourism and economic development. Tourism is an essential industry to many rural and regional centres, ensuring economic stability, and events can be a cost-effective way of promoting a region and its attractions – as an event grows, it attracts tourists in its own right.

The positive economic impact and interest in a community that a successful regional event can provide not only helps to build a sense of local pride but can also foster confidence and strengthen the community as a whole.

Tourism and Events Queensland facilitate the Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP), formerly the Regional Development Program (RDP), which seeks to leverage the crucial link between events and the destinations in which they are staged, extending the flow of the economic, marketing and social benefits of events throughout metropolitan and regional Queensland.

Within this context, the aims and objectives of the QDEP are as follows:

  • Generate local economic activity and development in the host destination
  • Attract external visitation to the destination
  • Drive social and community outcomes for the host destination, noting the important link between community outcomes and economic benefits
  • Enhance the profile and appeal of the host destination

There are 4 rounds of funding that events can apply for each year. To find out when the round that suits your event is click here

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