Brisbane, 4 March 2015 - A key partnership has been announced between the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), the state’s peak industry body for tourism, and Gallagher, one of the world’s largest risk management and insurance broking firms.
Meeting the needs of local industries and businesses is a key focus for Gallagher, which now has six branches throughout Queensland and has recently expanded its presence through the acquisition of Parmia and Blue Broking in the area. Through this agreement, members of the QTIC can benefit from specialist advice and solutions to meet a range of insurance needs faced those working in Queensland’s dynamic tourism and hospitality sectors.
Richard Smith, Branch Director of Gallagher in Brisbane said “Developing close relationships with association partners like the QTIC is key for us. Business owners are busy running their day-to-day operations and looking after their customers. Our role is to come in with a deep understanding of the specific risks they face so we can help to protect the business and its people. This leaves the business owner worry-free to get on with what they do best,”
QTIC Chief Executive, Daniel Gschwind, said the partnership provides greater support for QTIC members among the state’s 55,000 tourism businesses.
“Tourism is projected to be among the world’s fastest growing industries, currently contributing $23 billion to the state’s economy,” Mr Gschwind said.
“One in 10 Queenslanders are already working within Queensland’s tourism industry, with more than 241,000 Queenslanders directly or indirectly employed by tourism businesses. It’s critical for tourism businesses to be adequately covered by the best possible risk management and insurance solutions. That’s why, after a process of looking at our options, we’ve appointed Gallagher as our preferred partner.”
Gallagher has an extensive national broking network of more than 30 locations across Australia. They provide broking solutions to a wide range of clients from small to medium enterprises through to large multi-national corporations, as well as affinity partners and associations. This new partnership helps to expand Gallagher’s established tourism specialty throughout Australia, with partnerships already in place across Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania.