Gold Coast tourism ‘putting a lot of faith’ in Qld Health

Gold Coast tourism leaders are trying to keep the faith in Queensland Health, as businesses face yet another round of holiday cancellations.

This school holiday period was shaping up to be one of the busiest since the coronavirus pandemic hit a year and a half ago.

However, with the Greater Sydney area locked out, and then the whole of southeast Queensland plunged into lockdown, the busy tourist areas of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach are instead deserted.


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Destination Gold Coast CEO Patricia O’Callaghan has told Sunrise that they’re hopeful we can make it out the other side, but a three-day lockdown has already had a devastating effect.

“Today we’re faced with a wave of cancellations, we’ve got restaurants that can’t open their doors but have full fridges, and the Gold Coast Marathon that heartbreakingly cancelled last night and 20,000 runners that cant lace up their boots and have been training for years.

“I am confident we can push through, and we’re hoping and putting a lot of faith in our Queensland Health authorities to make this quick and swift, but the reality here on the Gold Coast is that one in 67 jobs relies on tourism here,” Ms O’Callaghan said.

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