Tourism leaders will be carrying out a walk and talk with Gold Coast operators today, to mark a dismal World Tourism Day.
Visitor expenditure is now down almost a billion dollars for the September quarter, with businesses set to lose $326 million in September alone.
The school holidays were hoped to bring a bit of a boost, but it’s been revealed that occupancy rates are only at around 40 per cent.
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Destination Gold Coast CEO Patricia O’Callaghan has told Sunrise that today’s Tourism Day won’t be the usual celebration at all.
There are concerns that the hesitancy from Queensland to commit to reopening borders at the 80 per cent vaccination mark, could mean tourism businesses don’t see any traffic at Christmas either.
Destination Gold Coast CEO Patricia O’Callaghan says that would be devastating.