My Queensland TNQ Tourism Conference addressed global tourism recovery and innovation

The My Queensland TNQ Tourism Conference explored global tourism recovery, changing consumer behaviors, and the impact of AI, providing vital insights for industry stakeholders.

The My Queensland TNQ Tourism Conference was held yesterday at the Hilton Cairns, gathering industry experts and stakeholders to discuss pivotal trends in global tourism recovery, changing consumer behaviors, and the responsible use of artificial intelligence. This annual event, organized by Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ), aimed to equip tourism operators with the knowledge and strategies needed to thrive in the competitive global tourism market.

Key Themes and Discussions

Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mark Olsen highlighted the conference’s role in enabling attendees to make informed marketing decisions. “We had 140 operators attending the full-day conference to learn how they can diversify their market mix and leverage significant campaign activity globally by Tourism Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland, and TTNQ through the International Tourism Recovery Program from the Commonwealth Government,” Olsen stated.

Transformational Experiences

A highlight of the conference was the focus on creating transformational experiences for visitors. Marine Social Scientist Dr. Yolanda Waters explored how iconic locations like the Great Barrier Reef can change visitors’ values and perspectives, enhancing their overall travel experience.

Global Marketing Strategies

Tourism Australia Managing Director Pip Harrison, Tourism and Events Queensland Group Executive Marketing Kim McConnie, and TTNQ General Manager Marketing Lani Strathearn provided updates on global marketing strategies. Their insights were crucial for operators looking to align their local marketing efforts with broader national and international campaigns.

Demographics and Consumer Values

Simon Kuestenmacher from The Demographics Group analyzed the implications of shifting global demographics and consumer values on travel trends. This session offered valuable foresight into future market demands and opportunities.

Technology and Marketing

Scott Millar, Queensland Young Small Business Leader, discussed how advanced technology can democratize marketing for small businesses, enabling them to compete more effectively. Additionally, Dentsu Queensland Managing Director Chris Ernst guided delegates on utilizing the most effective marketing channels to reach their target audiences.

Consumer Behavior Insights

My Queensland representative Rod Carrington revealed trends in customer lead times and the types of packages currently in demand, reflecting changing consumer behavior. These insights helped operators tailor their offerings to meet evolving customer preferences.

Opening and Closing Remarks

The conference was inaugurated by Tourism Minister Michael Healy, and Cairns Mayor Amy Eden closed the event, discussing the strategic partnership between Cairns Regional Council and TTNQ.

This comprehensive agenda delivered actionable insights and innovative strategies, positioning Tropical North Queensland as a leading destination capable of delivering life-changing travel experiences.

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