SYDNEY, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - After making headlines around the world for the
recent floods and cyclone, the largely unaffected world-famous travel
destinations of Australia's 'sunshine state' Queensland are open and
ready to welcome visitors.
This has been demonstrated by a number of well known personalities who
have visited the destinations and made films highlighting recovery.
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Brisbane, Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, the Sunshine and Gold Coasts,
Fraser Coast, Bundaberg, the Whitsundays and Mackay are looking as good
as ever and continue to offer amazing holiday experiences for
travellers from around the world. Those destinations that were affected
are well on the road to recovery with the majority of tourism operators
including accommodation providers, tours and attractions open and ready
to welcome visitors.
Whether it's the sunshine, the stunning beaches, reef and rainforests,
or the people and the great outdoor lifestyle - all the much loved
aspects of Queensland are ready and waiting to be enjoyed as part of an
Scottish comedian Billy Connolly was among the many who have been
visiting Queensland in recent days. Billy was hosted by the Queensland
Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) for his first ever visit to the Great
Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy urged travellers
intending to holiday in Queensland to continue with their plans to
visit the state, or if they didn't already have a booking, to consider
taking a Queensland holiday.
"The recent floods and cyclone made news around the world, but
Queensland is a big state (668,207 square miles including its islands)
and the majority of the top holiday spots are looking as beautiful as
ever and are operating normally," Mr McEvoy said.
"Unfortunately some travellers have been cancelling their Queensland
holidays thanks to the coverage of the recent weather. But the truth is
that most of Queensland's tourism infrastructure has been unaffected,"
Mr McEvoy said.
Check out some recent footage from around Queensland:
* Brisbane is back in Business, by Ben Southall
* Gold Coast
* Port Douglas
* Sunshine Coast
* Tourism Queensland channel on Green TV
* Tourism Tropical North Queensland
* Natural Encounter vignettes (Tropical North Queensland, Whitsundays,
To assist the tourism industry whose businesses have affected, Tourism
Australia is working closely with Tourism Queensland on a range of
marketing activities to drive immediate business as well as address
perceptions about the extent of damage to Queensland tourism
SOURCE Tourism Australia
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