A decision by the US and European Union to put Australia on their respective no fly lists has dashed hopes the opening of Queensland’s border to international visitors would herald a much needed boost for its beleaguered tourism operators.
Despite Australia having one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, the latest surge in cases has spooked both the EU and US who told their respective citizens to avoid heading Down Under.
Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind said the latest travel advice was not helpful.
“Hopefully, we will soon be through the worst of the Covid outbreak and we can resume our reputation as a safe country to travel,” he told The Courier Mail.
“International visitors will be a slow trickle but we hope we can attract, in the meantime, countries that can arrive in Queensland quarantine-free – international students, working holiday visa makers, and other skilled migrants.”