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Niche tourism 
Case studies
Niche tourism markets

Queensland tourism markets - Special interest or niche tourism markets, Business Queensland  


Some of Queensland's special interest markets include: backpacker tourism, ecotourism, Indigenous tourism, food and wine tourism, education tourism and international student market, sports-based tourism and events tourism.


2018/19 Guidelines – Tropical North Queensland Indigenous Tourism Project, 2018

The Queensland Government is providing funding support for tourism infrastructure projects that deliver demand-driving experiences in Tropical North Queensland. Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) is responsible for administering the Tropical North Queensland Indigenous Tourism Project grant funds under the Connecting with Asia Strategy to increase the appeal of Tropical North Queensland to outbound tourists

from mainland China.

Guidelines for developing Indigenous Tourism Experiences in Central West Outback Queensland , 2014, A strategy of the CWOQTA Tourism Development Action Plan, Queensland Government 

Guidelines for developing the Indigenous experience.

Indigenous peoples and tourism: the challenges and opportunities for sustainable tourism, 2016, Journal of Sustainable Tourism Vol. 24, Iss 8, Pg 1-13 

16 papers that provides readers with an opportunity to explore the dynamics behind an array of issues pertaining to sustainable Indigenous tourism. 

Tourists' preferences with Indigenous tourism experiences in the Wet Tropics of Queensland, Australia, 2016Anja Pabel et al., Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Vol 31, Pg 142-151


This article reports on visitor interest in Indigenous tourism experiences in the Wet Tropics region of Queensland, Australia. The findings are based on a survey sample of 326 tourists departing Cairns. The aim of this research was to investigate the demand for Indigenous tourism products and experiences.  

Indigenous Festivals and Community Development: A Sociocultural Analysis of an Australian Indigenous Festival, 2013, Michelle Whitford et al, Event Management Vol 17, Iss 1

Festivals and events are widely recognized as having the potential to deliver sociocultural benefits for host communities and destinations. In countries such as Australia, Indigenous communities are looking towards festivals as vehicles to facilitate capacity building, self-determination, and reconciliation. This article utilizes Brisbane's Annual Sports and Cultural festival as a case study to identify and critically examine the sociocultural benefits of festivals; and to identify and discuss those key critical factors which promote positive sociocultural benefits and sustainable community development through the staging of indigenous festivals. 

es tourism and resorts on their behalf. With a strong commitment to social responsibility, all profits from our business activities are reinvested in the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation's (ILSC) Indigenous training and development across Australia.

Case studies

Indigenous tourism - Businesses in Queensland - Criteria for Success , 2009, CRC for Sustainable Tourism


Utilising seven case study businesses from Queensland, a range of issues were uncovered through the research pertaining to drivers, inhibitors and opportunities, as well as the role and nature of government support for Indigenous tourism businesses. Based on the findings, a diagnostic tool was developed as a guide to establishing and operating a successful and sustainable Indigenous tourism business. The success factors were found to include: training and knowledge; product development; funding; community connection; business strategies; government support; cultural sustainability; triple-bottom line; authenticity; uniqueness; collaboration; ownership; reliability; family support; commitment; commercial experience; and respect.

Indigenous Tourism Champions Trade Fact Sheets, 2017 

The Indigenous Tourism Champions enhance the competitive advantage Indigenous culture offers Australian tourism by building a reputation of reliability and consistent quality in service delivery. The Indigenous Tourism Champions are achieving this by meeting a set of stringent criteria, ensuring that they are able to meet the needs and expectations of trade and the international market.

Includes in Queensland: Adventure North Australia – Bama Way Aboriginal Journeys, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Ingan Tours, Intrepid Tours – Journey to Olkola Country, Janbal Gallery, Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours, Mossman Gorge Centre, Rainforestation – Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience , Stradbroke Island Holidays, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Walkabout Cultural Adventures

Connect with culture - 50 ways to experience Indigenous culture, 2018


Guide to Indigenous Queensland. 

Discover Aboriginal experiences, Tourism Australia

The Discover Aboriginal Experiences collective is part of Tourism Australia’s Signature Experiences of Australia program that promotes outstanding tourism experiences within a variety of special categories. 

Includes in Queensland: Adventure North Australia - Daintree Dreaming Tour, Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel,  Flames of the Forest,  Janbal Gallery, Rainforestation Nature Park - Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, Spirits of the Red Sand, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia - Mossman Gorge Centre, Walkabout Cultural Adventures

​Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia


Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia is owned by the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) and manages tourism and resorts on their behalf. With a strong commitment to social responsibility, all profits from our business activities are reinvested in the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation's (ILSC) Indigenous training and development across Australia.


Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)


Direct Investments in tourism e.g. Minjerribah Camping Pty Ltd, North Stradbroke Island, QLD, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Caravonica, QLD, 

Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation Group (ILSC)

Co-development of Indigenous enterprises, where management remains with the ILC until it is handed over to the Indigenous group once its capacity and corporate governance is developed. Projects include land projects that increase the productivity, value and profitability of the Indigenous Estate and investment in agribusiness, niche Indigenous products, urban investment tourism & renewables

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)


Indigenous Social Enterprise Funding provides grant funding on flexible terms of up to 5 years to Indigenous-owned organisations that are in start-up stage. The Social Enterprise and Investment Funds is a mainstream program that also provides start-up funding for social enterprises businesses regardless of background.


First Australian Capital 

Supports Indigenous Social Enterprises including Worimi Sand Dune Adventures, which is held up as best practice in Indigenous economic development. 

Many Rivers Microfinance Limited (Many Rivers)

A not-for-profit organisation that supports aspiring business owners with microenterprise development support and access to finance in order to see the potential of people and communities realised.


South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce


The South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce provides representation across six regions; Brisbane, Caboolture, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Ipswich and Toowoomba commited to fostering trade, building skills and capability, advocating and generating wealth for Indigenous businesses.

A business toolkit for Indigenous Women, 2012

Business Toolkit for Indigenous Women is produced following a recommendation from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Gathering 

Indigenous Tourism Group, Australian Trade and Investment Commission 

The Indigenous Tourism Group – (ITG) focuses on ways to increase the quality and quantity of Australia's Indigenous tourism product offering, and the participation of Indigenous Australians in the tourism industry.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business and Innovation Reference Group

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business and Innovation Reference Group brings together an outstanding group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs, business leaders and researchers to provide strategic advice on matters that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Indigenous Networks

Townsville Regional Indigenous Business Networking  

Cairns Regional Indigenous Business Networking  

Black Business Finder

The BBF is Queensland’s online business directory for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. It provides opportunities for Indigenous businesses to participate in the supply chains for major projects listed with the ICN Gateway – a nationally recognised connection point for buyers and suppliers. It also provides a platform for government and private sector businesses looking to source goods and services from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suppliers.




Uni start-up creating change for Indigenous tourism, University of Queensland


How Indigenous tourism can help bring about reconciliation in Australia, The Conservation 


Fertile ground for Indigenous tourism businesses in Queensland, IPS News

Mossman Gorge Scoops gold for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tourism, Voyages

From cautious experiment to booming industry: How cultural tourism made its mark in Cairns, NITV

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