Recovery plan to help Townsville tourism operators following cyclone


Tourism operators in Townsville is calling on the state to help it recover from the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Kirrily.

It is estimated that local businesses took an $18 million hit from the effects of the cyclone which kept visitors away over the long weekend.

Townsville Enterprise found that only seven guests were present across Magnetic Island’s 600 available rooms.

“Between the sentiment and perception challenges of Cyclone Jasper, and now the impacts of lost business, cancellations, and next to no forward bookings following Cyclone Kirrily, the industry has endured a tough six weeks,” Townsville Enterprise CEO Claudia Brumme Smith told the Townsville Bulletin.

Townsville Enterprise and local tourism operators met with Queensland Premier Steven Miles and the Federal Minister for Agriculture and Emergency Management Murray Watt to draw up the Recovery Action Plan for North Queensland tourism operators, which is hoped to include a $500,000 tourism voucher scheme and flight incentives if funded.