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Growing Future Tourism

Growing Future Tourism (GFT) is a $30 million program, which provides financial support to eligible Queensland tourism operators, not-for-profit organisations and local governments to deliver new and enhanced tourism infrastructure or experiences in:

  • coastal and marine tourism
  • heritage and cultural tourism
  • ecotourism and sustainability.

Round 1 supported five projects across various tourism regions in Queensland.

Round 2 is now open for Expressions of Interest.

Program details

GFT provides funding between $1 million and $4 million (ex GST) on a matched contribution basis for eligible project costs for eligible recipients and projects.

The recipient is responsible for covering any eligible costs above the matched funding amount and all ineligible costs.

Projects should strategically align to government priorities for tourism, for example:

Examples of the types of projects that could be supported:

  • Marine tourism terminals/pontoons/jetties
  • Tourism / resort accommodation
  • Tech overlay – online, digital, virtual and augmented reality capability enhancement of a destination, tourism infrastructure product or experience
  • Paleo tourism infrastructure product/experience
  • First Nations tourism infrastructure product/experience
  • Ecotourism infrastructure and products that develop or enhances existing tourism experience
  • Nature-based tourism infrastructure or experience
  • Agritourism infrastructure product/experience.

This list is not complete and is a guide only.

Application process

The application process is a two-stage process.

After Expressions of Interest are reviewed and assessed, selected applicants may be invited to submit a Full Business Case detailing the project. Applicants will have up to 6 weeks to prepare and submit the Full Business Case application.

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Last updated: 22 Mar 2024