Great news for tourism operators on the Gold Coast, with the city already bouncing back hard thanks to a flood of bookings.
On the back of the long awaited announcement that the Sunshine State would be reopening to Sydney and Victoria on December 1, interest in tourism offerings here skyrocketed.
Flight Centre recorded the highest online sales for domestic holidays in its history yesterday, booking site Wotif says that Gold Coast inquiries have surged by 220 percent.
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Local tourism operators have been hoping that the state would reopen in time for Christmas, but didn’t get confirmation on that from the state government until this week.
Many have dived into preparations to make sure we make the most of the summer period, with predictions the state economy could benefit around $20 million a day now that most of the country is allowed back in.
It’s also great news for local jobs, with Village Roadshow Themeparks confirming they’re now able to take on around 500 casual staff over the season, after putting that move on hold due to the uncertainty around borders.
It comes police reveal the changes coming into place at the border checkpoints from next week, now that only Adelaide is considered a hotspot.
Queensland Health authorities remain positive that South Australians could be welcome back by Christmas, but won’t make the call until the end of the month.
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