Tourism industry associations

Starting out in the tourism industry can be a little daunting if you're not sure of who is who and how the industry works. Use our list of local, regional and nation industry groups for essential networking and industry advice.

Regional organisations

The state has a number of membership-based regional tourism organisations (RTOs), which together represent more than 4,000 regional tourism businesses. The RTO network is widely regarded as one of the most influential in Australia and will work with the government to facilitate investment in new tourism product. The 13 RTOs are:

State-based organisations

Adventure Queensland

Adventure Queensland is the peak backpacking and independent travel industry body for the state. It was formed to enhance the commercial viability of its members by providing marketing support and representation to all levels of government.

Queensland Hotels Association (QHA)

QHA is the peak industry body in Queensland for the hotel and hospitality industries, accommodation providers, resorts, theme parks, convention centres and casinos.

Queensland Information Centres Association (QICA)

QICA is the key industry body for visitor and tourist information centres in Queensland.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC)

QTIC is the state's peak body for tourism and a not-for-profit membership organisation representing members' interests and maintains strong industry representation in all relevant forums. QTIC co-ordinates the Queensland Tourism Awards for excellence, trade shows, conferences and industry functions.

Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ)

TEQ is a statutory body of the Queensland Government and is the lead marketing, destination and experience development and major events agency.

National organisations

Australian Chamber - Tourism

Australian Chamber - Tourism is the tourism arm of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and advocates to the Australian Government on issues of common interest for Australian tourism businesses.

Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA)

AFTA represents travel agents in Australia.

Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC)

Australian Tourism Export Council's mission is to build better business relationships for members and to represent the inbound tourism industry to government and business leaders.

Ecotourism Australia

Ecotourism Australia is the peak national body for the ecotourism sub-sector. Their head office is in Queensland.

Hosted Accommodation Australia (HAA)

HAA represents bed and breakfasts, farm stays, guesthouses and self-catering accommodation industries.

Tourism Australia

Tourism Australia is the Australian Government agency responsible for attracting international visitors to Australia, both for leisure and business events.

Tourism and Transport Forum

TTF is the peak industry group for the Australian tourism, transport and aviation sectors.

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