The Queensland State Advisory Board (SAB) Chaired by Mark Hodge met on Tuesday 16th July and discussed a number of issues specifically relevant to Queensland. This was also a great opportunity for the SAB to welcome our new CEO Dean Long. Major topics under discussion included unregulated accommodation, Land Tax on Foreign Investors, the incredibly high cost of insurance particularly past the Capricorn Region as well as lack of insurers prepared to look at insuring in the Region; and lengthy discussion in the area of skill shortages for the industry and how AAoA are working with Federal Government in this area. A full policy paper is currently being drafted to ensure our strategy moving forward is clear and realistic with the ability to share directly with members.
Following the meeting a number of General Managers from Brisbane Hotels joined the CEO of TEQ Leanne Coddington for a Board Room lunch and a discussion on what has been happening across the State. Leanne discussed the Queensland Experience Framework which will guide TEQ’s marketing activities by focusing on Hero Experiences that have the best potential to drive visitation and expenditure. The Framework will also identify Queensland’s best of the best tourism operators and guide the future development of quality and innovative experiences. As well as the importance of Major Events to the State and what was happening in that area. It is all about or products, events, and iconic locations.