Queensland’s struggling tourism operators have decided ‘enough is enough’ on the border closure debate, deciding to protest the issue next week.
Dozens of tour operators from the Gold Coast, as well as the Sunshine Coast and Cairns, will band together on Tuesday June 2, calling on the state government to open the borders according to the state’s road map.
It comes after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed that the borders were unlikely to open until at least September, stirring wide spread concern for tourism operators who rely on winter crowds.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
That’s despite our state road map suggesting a mid-July date would see the borders reopen.
The move could cost the state around $5 billion, $500 million of that on the Gold Coast alone.
Businesses and local tourism leaders have been particularly critical of the call, saying they simply wont be able to survive that long.
Meantime, federal authorities are even urging the states to reconsider border closures, saying there was never any official health advice from federal authorities suggesting they close in the first place.
But The Premier has stood firm on the Queensland Chief Health Officer’s advice.