The Premier is encouraging Queenslanders to travel to the Gold Coast after announcing a new date for the Ekka Show Day public holiday.
Annastacia Palaszczuk was in Broadbeach on Tuesday morning to confirm the holiday, which was set for last week, will be held on Friday, October 29.
“If you’re at home and you’re thinking about taking the family away, holiday locally and come and support the Gold Coast,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
“The Gold Coast is doing it tough, as are our tourism spots right across Queensland.”
The new “People’s Day” long weekend for residents in Brisbane, Moreton Bay and the Scenic Rim is expected to pump $130 million into the Queensland economy.
“People are going to pack their bags, they’re going to hop in the car with the kids and go somewhere in the south east .. they’re going to spend money locally and that’s going to help our tourism economy,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said it a much needed boost for the sector.
“We know that the tourism industry right across Queensland is suffering because of the challenges of the impact of the pandemic, probably more than any other point in the pandemic,” the Minister said.
“But this is a bit of bright news particularly for the south east Queensland sector.”
Destination Gold Coast CEO Patricia O’Callaghan said it was indeed welcome news for struggling tourism operators.
“We know from last year that this was a highly successful weekend where our accommodation was at capacity, our tour operators and small businesses were full and our hospitality industry benefited significantly,” she said.
“It gives us some hope as well after what we’ve been through over the last 18 months let alone the last two months.
“In the last two months we’ve lost over a half a billion dollars.
“So the fact that the Queensland Government is now giving us an opportunity to regain some of that is welcome news for our industry.”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has urged Brisbane residents to take advantage of the chance to head off on a “beach escape’’.
“We want that beach to be in our city,’’ he said.
“It’s sad to see the EKKA Show cancelled in 2021 but it’s fantastic that Brisbane’s 1.2 million residents can now plan a long, long weekend here in our city.’’
The Premier also confirmed there were just two cases of COVID-19 detected in the state in the last 24 hours.
One of the cases was in hotel quarantine. The other was connected to the ‘Indooroopilly cluster’ and had been in home quarantine during their infectious period.