It is hoped a new taskforce charged with establishing a tourism industry code of practice for Queensland will be set up in the next fortnight.

A recent review found Queensland's tourism products are declining in quality because operators are not making enough profit to invest in their businesses.

State Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey says the taskforce will include representatives from Cairns, the Whitsundays and the Gold Coast.

"I have accepted the recommendations and those will see an implementation taskforce set up," she said.

"This way the industry will be able to regulate themselves with a code of practice that they agree to and a code of practice that will allow for the flexibility that's required for each region.

"The taskforce is coming out of the Industry First Response money which has been allocated in the budget.

"I understand that we've actually just put out expressions of interest for nominations to make sure that that taskforce has a representative from here and the Whitsundays as well as [the] Gold Coast.

"It is chaired by somebody from QTIC [the Queensland Tourism Industry Council]."

New flights

Meanwhile, Tiger Airways says a resurgence in the far north Queensland tourism industry has given it the confidence add a new route.

The budget airline has announced it will begin a service between Sydney and Cairns from April 4, with seats to go on sale from tonight.

An airline spokeswoman says there will initially be four weekly return services, increasing to daily flights in June.


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