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Agency ID1665
TitleQueensland Government Tourist Bureau
Agency TypeDepartment
Start Date 11/4/1907
End Date 1/8/1979
Date Notes1 Aug 1979 has been chosen as the date of abolition of this agency because from that date the QTTC took over responsibility for the primary function of promotion of tourism.

Responsible for the promotion of tourism.

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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
112Chief Secretary's Department 11/4/1907 24/4/1919
40Premier and Chief Secretary's Department 24/4/1919 2/9/1929
366Railway Department 2/9/1929 15/5/1947
126Health and Home Affairs Department 15/5/1947 23/9/1963
2840Labour and Industry Department II 23/9/1963 10/6/1966
224Department of Labour and Tourism 10/6/1966 22/6/1972
1904Department of Tourism, Sport and Welfare 22/6/1972 23/12/1974
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Controlled Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
2094Captain Cook Bicentenary Celebrations Committee 2/12/1968 31/12/1970
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1907, Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 64, p. 1233
Queensland Parliamentary Debates 1907, p. 1448
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1907, Vol. 1, p. 188
Queensland Blue Book 1907, p. 30
Queensland Blue Book, 1908, p. 31
Queensland Government Gazette 1929, Vol. CXXXIII, No. 52, p. 737
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1930, Vol. II, p. 1065
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1932, Vol. 2, pp. 838-839
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1946, Vol. 1, p. 586 (26)
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1964-1965, p. 1493
Queensland Government Gazette 1966, Vol. CCXXII, No. 55, pp.808-809
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1967 - 1868, p. 1511
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1975 - 1976, pp, 141, 2217
Queensland Government Directory 1975, pp. 43-44
Queensland Government Directory 1977, pp. 32-33
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1978 - 1979, Vol. I, pp. 62, 65
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1978 - 1979, Vol. II, pp. 2617 - 2618
Queensland Year Book 1979, pp.423-425
Queensland Year Book 1980, pp.423-425
Queensland Government Gazette 1979, Vol. CCLXI, No. 91, p. 1691
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1984 - 1985, Vol. III, No. 93, p. 6
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On 11 April 1907, the Queensland Government Intelligence and Tourist Bureau was established as a sub-department of the Chief Secretary's Office. With the transfer of responsibility to the Railway Department in 1929, in approximately 1930 -1931 the name became Tourist Bureau, and in 1945-1946 the name was again changed to Queensland Government Tourist Bureau.

From 1907, the primary function of the Tourist Bureau was the promotion of tourism. Activities of the Bureau over time included: acting as a booking agency; producing films, brochures and other publications; encouraging improved standards in accommodation and service, and promoting interest in training in food service and tourism management; providing a subsidy scheme to promote local areas and the publication of tourist brochures by appropriate local tourist authorities; subsidising approved regional tourist organisations; sponsoring visits of overseas travel agents.

In 1907, a Director was appointed to the Bureau and in 1908 an office was opened in Sydney, and in the 1930s in Melbourne.

In 1964-1965, the Director General of the Bureau assumed the administrative role of Director General, Queensland Tourist Services. This role continued despite the changing status of tourism: 1966 - 1975 departmental, 1975 - 1978 Division of Tourist Activities. In 1978, the position became Director General, Tourism Department: a sub-department of the Harbours and Marine Department.

On 1 August 1979, the Tourism Department was replaced by the Queensland Tourist and Travel Corporation. The Queensland Government Tourist Bureau ceased its lead role, but the Corporation's sales arm continued to trade under Queensland Government Tourist Bureau. In 1979, the Bureau maintained nine branches in Queensland and five interstate branches.

On 30 June 1984, the name was officially changed to Queensland Government Travel Centres.

Chief Secretary and Treasurer, 11 Apr 1907 - 2 Sep 1929
Secretary for Railways, 2 Sep 1929 - 28 Jan 1932
Minister for Transport, 28 Jan 1932 - 15 May 1947
Secretary for Health and Home Affairs, 15 May 1947 - 23 Sep 1963
Minister for Labour and Industry, 23 Sep 1963 - 10 Jun 1966
Minister for Tourism and Maritime Services, 10 Jun 1966 - 1 Aug 1979

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID1665, Queensland Government Tourist Bureau
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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