Queensland’s $50m tourism boost

Queensland Premier Annastascia Palaszczuk has closed the border with NSW and ACT.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced an extra $50 million to help support the state’s tourism businesses and theme and animal parks get through Covid-19.

“Queensland’s tourism industry – our state’s backbone, our state’s lifeblood – has been dealt a crippling body blow by the pandemic,” Palaszczuk said.

“That’s why we are today committing another $50 million to support our tourism businesses and our iconic theme parks and animal parks. We want them to get through this and survive and come out at the other end stronger, more resilient and able to continue to make their critical contribution to Queensland.”

Tourism Minister Kate Jones said Tourism and Events Queensland were in the final stages of preparing the domestic tourism campaign, which will be officially unveiled in early June.

“Tourism supports one in 10 Queensland jobs. Safeguarding these jobs is a major priority for this government,” she said.

“Obviously state borders remain closed for the time being but restrictions on intrastate travel are beginning to ease.

“We have a very simple message for Queenslanders – get out and explore your own state.

“That will just be the first step of the campaign, with plans to re-enter the southern domestic markets in July.

“Ahead of interstate travel resuming, we’ll be working hard with our airline partners to deliver great fares and I’m confident Queensland will have a strong appeal for the nine million Australians who take an international trip each year and won’t be able to in 2020.”