New data has shown Queensland is on the top of the travel list for Aussies as coronavirus restrictions begin to ease, but they can’t get through our tough border closures.
A recent national survey by the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF), has found that domestic tourists were most hoping to flock north once leisure travel resumes.
Over a third of the 1,500 respondents says they’d head north to Queensland, mostly from New South Wales and Victoria, with the most popular destinations including the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and Tropical North Queensland.
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That’s all dependent of course on Queensland reopening its borders, a move that the Premier has said isn’t likely until September.
New South Wales was the second most desired destination for those planning interstate travel, which may become a more viable option for domestic travellers, if Queensland’s borders remain shut.
TTF CEO Margy Osmond says Queensland is clearly the number one choice for now.
“We understand the concerns of the Queensland Government but think July is a realistic date for the reopening of state borders given the progress we have made in flattening the curve and to delay that until September is a missed opportunity and will have a devastating economic impact on the state’s winter holiday peak.
“Ideally the industry would like to see a consistent approach to the reopening of state and territory borders that address the health concerns but also set us firmly on the path to recovery,” Ms Osmand said.
Meantime, New South Wales is preparing to ease it’s regional travel restrictions within the state, with locals able to visit regional communities from next month.
The state government has this morning confirmed that it will end the ban on holiday travel within the state from June 1st, while interstate travellers will be welcomed back as well.
The Premier has consistently urged Queensland to reopen it’s borders to travel as well, however Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is standing firm.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says he’ll back the Chief Health Officer’s advice for now, but hopes borders can open immediately for the sake of tourism.
“I am in support of the border closure for as long as Queensland’s Chief Health Officer advises that it’s necessary and appropriate.
As soon as medical advice is received that the borders can be opened safely I would strongly support the date being moved forward,” the Mayor said.