Tourism industry welcomes easing of travel restrictions in Queensland

Unrestricted trips, overnight stays allowed around the state.

The battered Queensland tourism industry has been cleared to take the first steps on its path to recovery.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said unrestricted travel throughout the state would be allowed from noon on 1 June.

She said this would include overnight stays and encouraged Queenslanders to support the tourism industry.

“The best way families can support our multibillion-dollar tourism industry this year is for the school holidays … there’s no better time to hop in the car … and go for that once-in-a-lifetime trip around Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“This is Queensland backing Queenslanders.”

Queensland Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said the announcement would bring enormous relief for operators across the state who had been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Bringing forward the opening of travel for the whole state and the relaxation of allowable numbers in hospitality venues was the right decision by the Premier,” Mr Gschwind said.

“It will allow tourism businesses to confidently start the long road to recovery with a prospect of rescuing at least part of the winter season.

“With all of Queensland’s destinations accessible again, we hope bookings will stream in from Queenslanders eager to get out of the confines of their homes.

“The school holidays will now offer a real opportunity for tourism operators to get their businesses going again.”

State borders will remain closed for the immediate future with the Premier expected to review this status in the coming weeks.

The tourism industry remains hopeful the state’s roadmap to easing restrictions will allow interstate travellers into Queensland as part of the implement of Stage 3 in July. 

“This has been a devastating time for the tourism economy and the communities that depend on it,” Mr Gschwind said.

“We are relieved that successful health management has now brought about an accelerated timetable for the easing of restrictions.

“Now we are just hoping that the opening of state borders will not be far behind”.