Delaying cross-border travel 'detrimental' for industry
A DECISION to relax intrastate travel two weeks earlier than planned has been slammed as nothing more than a "peace offering".
As of yesterday Queenslanders were allowed to travel for overnight stays anywhere within the state, earlier than the original date of June 12.
Landmark Resort general manager Brett Thompson was critical of the decision and said it would make very little difference to his business.
"We're coming up to our winter months which is the peak period for interstate and New Zealand travellers coming to the Sunshine Coast," he said.
"This is nothing more than a peace offering."
He said the hotel had operated with just 15 per cent occupancy, and that was expected to continue until June, unless interstate and New Zealand borders open. Mr Thompson said travel restrictions were having a "detrimental" affect on his business, and he worried what would happen if they weren't eased soon.
"Between July to September it's our most profitable period," he said.
"It will be detrimental if (Annastacia Palaszczuk) doesn't open up the borders sooner rather than later."
Mr Thompson said a dozen employees were on JobKeeper, and without that program the Mooloolaba resort would have been forced to close during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visit Sunshine Coast chair David Ryan said state borders must open to make any real difference to the struggling tourism industry.
Mr Ryan said hotel occupancy for June and July was still "very bleak".
He said occupancy was as low as 10 to 15 per cent, in comparison to the 70 per cent it was usually.
"Ideally, we would be able to access business from the southern states over winter, though we are equally conscious that the Premier needs to base decisions on the best medical advice," Mr Ryan said.
"We'd ask that if the Premier receives the appropriate medical clearance to re-open borders, the industry is given as much advance notice as possible to gear-up for the potential influx of interstate visitors."
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