Residents in south-east Queensland are being urged to visit the Whitsundays with the announcement of cheap flights to entice people to the region.
The State Government has struck a deal with Alliance Airlines who will fly four times a week from Brisbane to the Whitsunday Coast with flights from just $99 one way.
The extra flights will begin from June 22, just in time for school holidays.
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But anyone who is now dreaming of a Whitsundays getaway soon is being urged to shop around.
A check of Skyscanner shows Jetstar flights available from Brisbane for as little as $62 during July and August.
“For many people who have been to Bali or Thailand or the Greek Islands, now is your opportunity to come and support the beautiful Whitsundays,” Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“From the national parks out to the beautiful reef, to the people, the locals you will have a wonderful experience and it’s also family-friendly as well.”
Tourism Minister Kate Jones says the Whitsundays is the jewel in the Queensland tourism crown.
“We’re encouraging everyone from the south-east corner to come up and support the Whitsundays during a tough time,” Ms Jones said
“We know that the Whitsundays employs one in three people who who work in the tourism industry, it is worth almost a billion dollars to this region annually and they have suffered significant blows due to COVID-19.”
The Premier says some tourism operators have seen a 200-400 per cent increase in bookings since a further easing of restrictions were announced on Sunday.
She’s also signalled that flight deals to other parts of Queensland are also on the cards.
“We’re actually in discussions with airlines about opprtunities right across regional Queensland and of course we’re in negotiations with Qantas as well so hopefully we’ll see more announcements in the coming week.”