Tourism Noosa CEO is encouraging operators not to reopen, if they do not feel they are ready.
Tourism Noosa CEO is encouraging operators not to reopen, if they do not feel they are ready.

Tourism operators encouraged not to rush into reopening

THE Premier’s announcement that Queenslanders were allowed to travel the state and stay overnight was music to the ears of Noosa tourism operators.

But with little over 24 hours to prepare will our businesses be ready for the bookings?

Tourism Noosa CEO Melanie Anderson said today’s announcement was a shot in the arm for local tourism providers.

‘I think the message is if businesses don’t feel they’re ready, they don’t have to open tomorrow.’ Melanie Anderson, Tourism Noosa CEO.
‘I think the message is if businesses don’t feel they’re ready, they don’t have to open tomorrow.’ Melanie Anderson, Tourism Noosa CEO.

“It’s exciting stuff,” she said.

“It’s fantastic it can happen straight away.”

If business were caught unawares by the news, Ms Anderson reminded businesses not to rush into reopening.

“I think the message is if businesses don’t feel they’re ready, they don’t have to open tomorrow,” she said.

“The regulations have allowed businesses to be open, but it doesn’t mean they have to open.”

This comes after Queensland Premier Anastacia Palazszuk announced Queenslanders will be allowed to take unlimited travel throughout the state from midday Monday, June 1.

Gatherings of up to 20 people in homes as well as fitness centres and cinemas will also be allowed from tomorrow, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced.

“This is tremendous news,” she said.

The travel throughout the state includes overnight stays.

Ms Palaszczuk said the easing of restrictions was brought forward due to the “remarkable” work the public has done in abiding by restrictions and keeping the number of COVID-19 cases low.

Up until today’s shock announcement, Noosa tourism businesses were set for reopening on June 12.