State Government gives helping hand to QLD tourism after Debbie

A multi-million-dollar advertising campaign has been launched to ensure the tourism industry can quickly bounce back from the devastation of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Post-cyclone images will be marketed across the country, highlighting the quick recovery of some of Queensland’s most iconic tourist attractions.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has told the Sunshine Coast Daily the campaign would boost operators impacted by the natural disaster.

“There’s no doubt Queensland’s tourism industry has felt the full force of Cyclone Debbie and the widespread flooding that followed,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“But the industry is already getting back on its feet and this new marketing campaign will provide an extra push just in time for the Easter long weekend, Anzac Day and Labour Day.

“We want all Australians to know that taking a holiday in Queensland is one of the best ways to help our state to recover.”

Not all operators in the affected areas should be ready to reopen their doors, including Daydream Island Resort, which would be closed until 2018.

After surveying the extent of the damage, the resort’s owners have decided to fast track a refurbishment, originally planned for next year.

Before photo released by the Queensland Government