Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Queensland opens up intrastate travel but borders to stay closed

Queensland opens up intrastate travel but borders to stay closed
May 31, 2020

The Queensland Government has announced an easing of its Coronavirus restrictions to allow Queenslanders to travel to most places in the state.

However, the easing of restrictions does not extend to the opening of all of the state's borders.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced that as of 1st June, Queenslanders will be able to undertake unlimited travel including overnight stays throughout the entire state.

Suggesting that the easing of intrastate travel restrictions – by road, rail and air within Queensland – would come well in time for the next school holidays and would significantly kick-start the state’s tourism industry, Premier Palaszczuk noted that the easing of travel restrictions was in advance of planned move to Stage Two of the Roadmap to easing Queensland’s Restrictions originally scheduled for 12th June.

Under the updated plan, there will also be a further easing of restrictions at pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Premier Palaszczuk commented "the only reason we are able to move forward with our planned Stage Two ahead of the original June 12 date is because Queenslanders have listened to the advice, acted on that advice and done an outstanding job of helping to smash the COVID-19 curve.

"Queenslanders will now be able to rediscover their state, travelling for as many nights as they like.

“This will go a long way toward giving our critical tourism industry a welcome boost after adhering to the necessary restrictions we were forced to impose and I encourage Queenslanders to take advantage of the easing of rules around intrastate travel.”

In response to the easing of travel restrictions, Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive, Mark Olsen said the North Queensland economy was losing $91 million each week that domestic travel.

Olsen advised "the tourism economy in North Queensland is worth $6.4 billion annually, supports 37,400 direct jobs and accounts for 25% of the state’s tourism economic impact despite having only 15% of the population."

Image: The Sunshine Coast's Glasshouse Mountains.

Related Articles

28th May 2020 - TTA keen for focus on Vocational Training Skills to be extended to tourism and hospitality industry

26th May 2020 - Call for JobKeeper underspend to be allocated to revive Australian tourism

26th May 2020 - Australian tourism industry requires ‘complete overhaul’ to succeed

22nd May 2020 - Financial impact of Coronavirus puts new rides at Gold Coast theme parks on hold

20th May 2020 - Newspaper reports that plans for Sunshine Coast’s Actventure waterpark and resort are ‘expected to be finalised in coming weeks’

19th May 2020 - Queensland Government provides emergency funding for theme parks and wildlife attractions

13th May 2020 - UNWTO says international tourism faces worst crisis since records began

13th May 2020 - Great Barrier Reef tourism operators to receive additional financial assistance

13th May 2020 - ATEC highlights the harsh reality of a tourism industry in crisis

12th May 2020 - Village Roadshow Chief Executive calls for JobKeeper extension as Queensland Government’s Coronavirus easing roadmap suggests reopening of theme parks, entertainment venues and stadiums in June

9th May 2020 - Queensland Tourism Industry Council welcomes recovery guidelines

5th May 2020 - Queensland’s reopened national parks attract thousands of visitors

30th April 2020 - ATEC part of new Tourism Restart Taskforce to strengthen industry COVID-19 response

29th April 2020 - Tourism and Events Industry encourages Australians to download and use COVIDSafe app

27th April 2020 - Tourism Australia revises Business Events Advance Program to support industry in COVID-19 recovery

27th April 2020 - Queensland Government to partially re-open some National Parks


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

The Pool Enclosure Company

Welcome to The Pool Enclosure Company (TPEC). We provide a large range of premium commercial and residential retractable swimming pool, spa and terrace enclosures throughout Australia, servicing…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation / Venues

 
 

Altitude Training Systems

ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help all athletes gain the competitive edge. Our…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology

 
 

revolutioniseSPORT

revolutioniseSPORT is the emerging market leader in online club management in Australia. Whether it is memberships, registrations, events, online sales or governance tools - revolutioniseSPORT is the…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Technology

 
 

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd are the premium dealer in Australasia for the Dutch company BERG’s commercial and domestic products. Our flagship product is their revolutionary pedal go-kart – the…

read more

Attractions / Tourism / Venues

 
 

Yellowbox Lockers

Yellowbox is an Australian technology company that has developed smart locker technology operated through an app with a focus on experience for users and facility managers. Found at Beaches, Aquatic…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Entertainment / Retail / Security

 
 

LIFE FLOOR (Aus & NZ)

Our team believes floors should be beautiful, comfortable, and engineered for safety, even when wet. Life Floor tiles meet six unique performance based standards: slip-resistance, impact absorption,…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Recreation / Safety / Surfaces

 
 

Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks

 
 

Perfect Gym

Perfect Gym Solutions is a software as a service (SaaS) solution purpose-built to service the fitness industry, with over 1000 clients servicing over 2 million gym members across 40 countries making…

read more

Access / Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business