Tourism leaders make demands for Gold Coast’s coronavirus recovery

The Queensland Premier is expected to comment on particular Gold Coast recovery details today, following today’s National Cabinet meeting.

Annastacia Palaszczuk met with local tourism leaders yesterday, where they pitched their post-virus plans during lengthy discussions.

Tourism losses on the Gold Coast have already crossed the $1 billion mark, worsening by millions of dollars each week that the coronavirus restrictions remain in place.


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Industry heavyweights are now calling for our borders to be reopened as soon as possible, as well as changes to some of the state’s funding schemes.

There have also been calls for a redirection of international flight subsidies to domestic routes to help boost local travel to the coast.

The Premier remained tight-lipped following the meeting, ahead of today’s meeting with other state and territory leaders, and the Prime Minister.

They’re expected to collectively decide on exactly when further restrictions can be relaxed around the country.

Assistant Tourism Minister and Gaven MP Meaghan Scanlon was at the meeting, and told myGC it was good to hear from local leaders.

“I know that a lot of businesses on the Gold Coast want to start operating, and we of course want to support our businesses.

“But we just need to make sure that we get those plans in place to make sure it’s safe for not only those businesses but also their employees, and all of our community.

“So it’s really important that we’re listening to the health advice, and we’re making sure that we’re putting in place really safe plans for everyone involved.

“Our tourism industry supports so many jobs on the Gold Coast, so it’s a really important sector for us.

“I will always advocate for the Gold Coast, because it’s my home town, but we need to make sure that we do things safely.

“I will absolutely always advocate for the best interests of this city and make sure that people are getting the jobs that they need in the industry that we know is really strong in this community,” Ms Scanlon said.

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