Gold Coast Tourism boss will head to Council today, to ask for a funding boost to help the industry recover from coronavirus.
It comes as Queensland looks to ease various restrictions this weekend, including the reopening of restaurants and cafes.
Destination Gold Coast will today call for a one-off $7.3 million COVID-19 package, to assist the sector revive itself over the coming months.
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The Gold Coast is already tipped to lose between 8 and 10 million tourists this year as a result of the virus, which could cost the economy in excess of $4 billion.
The funding will hopefully help us target the domestic market, and eventually New Zealand, once travelling restrictions are eased.
Moncrief MP Angie Bell told 1029 Hot Tomato’s Galey, Emily Jade and Christo that the ‘bucket’s not full yet’ in terms of financial assistance.
“They’ll (Destination Gold Coast) go in there later this morning I believe, and talk about the Mayor’s budget position, and they’ll ask the city for more money to help tell everybody – the rest of Australia – how great we are here on the Gold Coast,” Ms Bell said.
Ms Bell says that even on a federal level, she’ll continue lobbying for as much assistance as possible.
“I’ll keep pushing for whatever I can, wherever I can.
“Our bucket’s not full yet, so I’ll be there and I’ll be pushing absolutely for as much as we can get on the Gold Coast,” Ms Bell said.