Gold Coast tourism operators are ramping up pressure on the Queensland Government to rethink its timetable for reopening borders.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Chief Health Officer have indicated that a September reopening date would be much more likely, cutting off the tourism sector from the vitally important winter season.
With close to one in 10 people employed in Queensland working within the tourism industry, operators are justifiably concerned about their livelihoods. Tourism leaders on the Gold Coast estimate the city will lose around $500 million in the extra two months alone.
Three major protests under the ‘toot for tourism’ campaign were staged this morning, on the Gold Coast, Cairns and the Sunshine Coast, calling for the Premier to reopen the borders in July.