Australia's Sunshine State Is 'Open For Business'

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 Australian holiday.

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, Capricorn Coast)

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 experiences.

SOURCE Tourism Australia

For further information:

Kim Moore
Tourism Australia
Ph: 61 2 9361 1306

Leo Seaton
Tourism Australia
Ph: 61 2 9361 1363

Kerri Anderson
Tourism Queensland
Ph: 61 7 3535 5010

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