TTF Media Release

Wednesday 21 July 2021


The Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) said the official announcement made moments ago in Tokyo by the International Olympic Committee that Brisbane and South East Queensland would host the 2032 Olympic Games was a huge victory for Australia’s tourism recovery.

TTF Chairman Bruce Baird and TTF Chief Executive Margy Osmond today said the announcement was a ringing endorsement of Australia’s longstanding reputation as one of the world’s major events capitals and would provide a positive boost for the tourism industry in Queensland and Australia during what has been a period of extreme hardship.

“Congratulations to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Lord Mayor of Brisbane Adrian Schrinner, Federal Minister for Sport Senator Richard Colbeck and the entire Australian delegation for being there on the ground in Tokyo to secure what will be a massive post COVID boon for Australia,” Bruce Baird and Margy Osmond jointly said today.

“While it may be hard to picture long term goals or achievements beyond the current major challenges in front of us, particularly for those currently in lockdown, this announcement truly is an early gold medal victory for the nation and the busy eleven-year lead up to and then beyond the Games.

“Many Australians will remember the lasting value and impact that the Sydney Olympics in 2000 had not just within NSW but to the nation more broadly, including the large numbers of long-haul travellers visiting and spending across much of the country well before and after the event.

“Nights in hotels, spending in restaurants and cafes, plane trips between airports large and small, public transport use, cruising trips, visits to attractions and cultural performances, related business events, the list goes on.

“We can expect a similar economic and national morale boost from hosting these Olympic Games in 2032 and they will help to put Brisbane and South East Queensland firmly onto the global visitor map.

“It will also set up Australia well to secure our slice of the international tourism pie in the long term in what will be a highly competitive post COVID world.”


Contact: TTF Manager Policy, Media & Government Relations Lindsay Hermes 0418 948 447