$5 million to elevate accessible tourism

The Queensland Government has celebrated World Tourism Day and Queensland’s Year of Accessible Tourism with the launch of $5 million in inclusive tourism grants.

Queensland’s $5 million Accessible Tourism Elevate Fund will support more tourism operators to create more world-class, inclusive visitor experiences.

Included is $2 million in Access Starter Grants and $3 million for Access Project Grants.

$5,000 Access Starter Grants are available for accessibility audits and plans, website upgrades and staff training, as the first steps to transforming visitor experiences. 

For tourism operators ready to proceed with inclusive infrastructure and technology upgrades, there are Access Project Grants from $50,000 to $250,000.

The $12 million being invested in the Year of Accessible Tourism aims to create an enduring legacy for Queensland as a global all-abilities visitor destination.

Accessible tourism is growing as more Australian and overseas visitors with a disability seek out welcoming destinations able to support their stay.

Modelling by Tourism Research Australia estimates travellers with a disability contribute up to $1.9 billion a year to Queensland’s visitor economy, which could double with more accessible tourism experiences. 

Grant applications open in late October at: https://www.dtis.qld.gov.au/tourism/funds/accessible-tourism-elevate-fund

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