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6 Major Tourism Trends for 2016

In a recent TripBarometer study conducted on behalf of TripAdvisor by independent research firm Ipsos, forty-four thousand (44,000) travellers and hoteliers responded about their plans for 2016 which revealed six (6) major trends. Trend #1 – Seeking new experiences In… Read more »

Capricorn Events Receive Major Funding in State Announcement

A recent announcement by Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones has confirmed $120,000 worth of funding as part of Tourism and Events Queensland’s (TEQ) second round of the Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP) for four major events within the… Read more »

Great Barrier Reef Tourism Industry Forum

Thanks to our Southern Great Barrier Reef Destination team at Tourism and Events Queensland (Karen and Maria), a fantastic opportunity is available for our SGBR operators to meet with representatives from Tourism Australia and Tourism Events Queensland on Monday 15th… Read more »


CQUniversity continues to go from strength to strength and I am honoured to have been a Governor in Council (Board Member)  for the past three years.  As we enter another exciting new year, the following summary of achievements for 2015… Read more »

Economic Gardening “High Growth Business Program” registrations extended to 27 January 2016

Business Registrations for the upcoming “High Growth Business Program”  – scheduled to commence late March – have been extended to Wednesday January 27th. Due to the financial support of both Livingstone and Rockhampton Council’s, and anticipated funding via the Industry… Read more »

Capricorn Coast Businesses Enjoy Bumper Festive Season

Local Capricorn Coast businesses are all smiles following a bumper Christmas and New Year period. Great weather coupled with the opening of Yeppoon’s new foreshore water park, ‘Keppel Kracken’, has ensured an even busier than expected period for the Coast’s Retail and Hospitality… Read more »

Information session: National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF)

Round 3 of the NSRF opens on 15 January 2016. The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development invites potential applicants to an information session on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 from 9am to 10:30am at The Edge Apartment Hotel, 102 Victoria… Read more »

SGBR growing in NZ Market

Now reaching 5 years of commitment to the NZ market from Southern Great Barrier Reef Partners (Capricorn, Gladstone, and Bundaberg RTOs, and TEQ), and Industry; SGBR have been included in Go Holidays’ Australia Beaches and Island Brochure, for the first… Read more »

2015 Festive Season is Here!

This weekend is MASSIVE!  Our community has plenty to celebrate with the news that the Yeppoon Foreshore has just been awarded an additional $10 Million and the Rockhampton Riverfront redevelopment another $7 Million from the Federal government – what a… Read more »

Win your dream island wedding in the Southern Great Barrier Reef

In a modern day Cinderella tale one lucky couple will win the wedding of their dreams on an exquisite private isle called Pumpkin, perfectly nestled within Queensland’s breathtaking Southern Great Barrier Reef. With prizes currently standing at a staggering $40… Read more »