Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones announced the theme of the state's leading events forum yesterday (July 10).
Hundreds of Queensland's experts in tourism and major events will converge on Cloncurry for the 2019 DestinationQ conference which will celebrate the theme 'How our past shapes our future'.
Minister Jones said tourism was crucial when it comes to growing the economy in west Queensland.
"More than 910,000 visitors spent more than $640 million in the outback last year," she said.
"We recognise there's huge potential for growth in this sector. Having the industry's best and brightest minds in Cloncurry will help us develop new ways to grow this sector in years to come.
"This year's conference will feature talks from keynote speaker Sir Bob Parker, the former Mayor of Christchurch Mayor who was recognised for his grace under pressure during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Communications Director Matthew Goldman will also tell the inspirational story of how the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival rebuilt after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina."
Run by Tourism and Events Queensland, the DestinationQ events conference aims to grow the state's $800 million It's Live! in Queensland events calendar.
The decision to host DestinationQ in Cloncurry comes after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last year announced 2019 as the Year of Outback Tourism.
Cloncurry Shire Council mayor Greg Campbell said the town would put on a DestinationQ to remember.
"As Queensland's friendliest town, we are very excited to be hosting such a top event," Cr Campbell said.
Ms Jones encouraged tourism operators across the state to register for the Cloncurry event to be held on Tuesday 6 August 2019.
For more information and to register, visit www.destq.com.au/events/destinationq-events-conference
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