Second chance to celebrate Aust Day

Second chance to celebrate Aust Day

Australians will be encouraged to show their support for Queensland tourism by celebrating ‘Australia Day II’ across the State on February 23.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey has launched a campaign which celebrates the Queensland spirit and urges Australians to show their support and holiday in the Sunshine State.

“Many Queenslanders didn’t have the opportunity to celebrate Australia Day in true Aussie style over the January 26 long weekend,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The bulk of Queensland tourism destinations are now open for business and ready to welcome visitors following the recent wet weather incidents.

“Many holiday destinations were untouched and while others are on the road to recovery, this campaign reinforces that the best way you can support the industry is by taking a holiday in Queensland.”

The face of the ‘Australia Day II’ campaign will be Sam Kekovich, one of the best known Australia Day figures over recent years due to his animated promotion of our national day.

Ms Stuckey said the initiative would be the first step of the Government’s tourism recovery strategy for flood affected areas.

“We want to ensure the green shoots of growth we are seeing throughout the tourism industry continue.

“It is about calling on Australians to make plans to visit as soon as they can, and will also be an opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of all emergency services and other volunteers at a time when it was most needed.

“As the weather eases and the clean-up gets underway Australians can assist by converging on Queensland when it’s back to its best.”

Tourism Fraser Coast general manager Pip Close said the worst of the weather had “checked out” of the Fraser Coast.

“It is now business as usual for visitors to one of Queensland’s favourite tourism destinations,” Ms Close said.

“I’m pleased to say the worst of the weather has left us and thanks to a great effort by all concerned, the Fraser Coast is getting back to normal.

“The beaches are open and the sheltered waters of Hervey Bay are proving a popular drawcard for families.”

Ms Close said Tourism Fraser Coast, Tourism Events Queensland, local government and industry stakeholders were working together to develop strategies to assist affected tourism businesses.