One of the few upsides of Covid, has been the renaissance of domestic tourism and the growing interest from Australian schools to explore the wonders of our own backyard. The lack of international tourists continues to hurt local operators but we are hopeful that the speed of the vaccine rollout globally will accelerate the recovery of our local tourism operators.
In the interim its inspiring to see what is happening locally and I’ve witnessed first hand some of the amazing experiences that are available in our own backyard. Supporting the local tourism economy is a key focus area for the Queensland Government and they have created a range of stimulus packages to support the Queensland Tourist industry. One in particular that is relevant to Queensland schools is the Education Experience Program which offers a unique educational opportunity for students to immerse themselves in an authentic live classroom to learn more about the rich biodiversity, history and heritage of our State. Queensland’s Education Experience Programs offer Queensland students the opportunity to visit either Outback Queensland, or the Great Barrier Reef. The programs are aligned to the Australian school curriculum and resources for schools and teachers are available to support alignment with themes in the curriculum.
The program will provide up to $150 per student for eligible students to go towards travel, accommodation and experience expenses on the reef excursion.
I encourage you to take a look at Education Experience Programs | Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport (dtis.qld.gov.au) to find out more.
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