IITOQ (Independent Indigenous Tourism Operators of Queensland) is Queensland’s first Indigenous Tourism peak body. It was founded in 2019 when 8 Indigenous businesses came together. Since then more than 20 currently operating Indigenous tourism businesses and over 150 emerging Indigenous tourism businesses have expressed support for IITOQ. Our mission is to guide the growth of investment in Indigenous experiences within the Queensland tourism industry.
On 14th June 2022, IITOQ announced a partnership with legal firm K & L Gates.
On 25th November 2021, the inaugural IITOQ membership pins arrived. Brother David Hulett of Promo Gear sponsored IITOQ by providing these to us free of charge. Thank you Brother for the solidarity. We have begun getting these out to our Board and existing members.
Birrunga Wiradyuri and Suzanne Goodchild were invited to attend a gathering of around 60 tourism stakeholders from SS Coast, Gold Coast, and Brisbane regions on 26 November 2021 at the new-ish International Cruise Ship Terminal Arcturus Port of Brisbane. The focus was on the return of local and international cruise ships in early 2022.
This show has been rolling from Cairns south apparently in the days prior to this meeting so will be interesting to hear who else from our Communities were invited to attend those other sessions.
Overall it sounded like there’ll be a gradual increase in cruise numbers over the next 6 months to 2 years (COVID dependent). It sounds as though the cruise industry has the capacity to operate steadily in a COVID environment because of higher vaccination rates, the perception of Australia as a safe destination, and the ability to social distance / ‘bubble’ tour.
We were approached by a tour company about becoming a part of their regular tour roster. We gave them the drum about IITOQ as a statewide entity/network and they were immediately very keen to connect with our membership.