Holiday is being moved to create another long weekend for Australians in an effort to boost domestic tourism
- Usual midweek holiday is moved to create a new long weekend
- The usual mid-week holiday for the Royal Queensland Show has been moved to a Friday
- Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk hopes the long weekend will encourage travel
- She also urges people to take small trips during the upcoming school holidays
A holiday has been pushed forward to create another long weekend in Queensland as the prime minister boosts domestic tourism.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Thursday that the usual midweek for Ekka – the Royal Queensland Show – will be moved to Friday, August 12.
“The holiday of Ekka goes from Wednesday, August 12 to Friday, August 14 to support our tourism industry,” tweeted Mrs. Palaszczuk.
“For only one year, People’s Day will be the People’s Long Weekend, and I call on Queenslanders to use it to boost local tourism.”
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Thursday that the usual midweek for Ekka – Royal Queensland Show – will be moved to Friday 12 August
A holiday has been pushed forward to create another long weekend in Queensland as the prime minister boosts domestic tourism. Pictured: people picnicking in Brisbane over the weekend
The show has been dropped this year due to COVID-19, but we hope that the creation of a long weekend will encourage families to further explore their local region.
Ms. Palaszczuk also urged the state on Thursday to plan winter vacations in their regions during the upcoming school holidays.
She said there had been confusion about the restrictions on school holidays, but Queenslanders would be allowed to travel up to 250 km.
“They can go on holiday in their regional areas in Queensland, so I really want to encourage people as much as possible to plan those holidays and support our tourism industry,” she said.
The announcements come when pressured by the tourism industry and other stakeholders to open borders.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has repeatedly called for Queensland to relax the rules so that interstate travelers can visit the Sunshine State for a vacation.
“The Ekka holiday will go from Wednesday, August 12 to Friday, August 14 to support our tourism industry,” tweeted Mrs. Palaszczuk
But Queensland stands firm, saying the borders will remain closed until the southern states can get their COVID-19 cases under control.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey said on Thursday that the government will not adopt health advice from NSW, which has registered 49 deaths from the virus and is still regularly registering new cases.
“We are not taught by the worst performing state,” he said.
“It is time for Gladys and the NSW government to join forces and perform as Queensland has on health.”
Ms Palaszczuk agreed.
“I hope they get their community transfer under control because that means we can open earlier,” she said.
Ms. Palaszczuk also urged the state on Thursday to plan winter vacations in their regions during the upcoming school holidays. Pictured: Brisbane residents on the move after Corona’s restrictions eased
The prime minister is also under pressure from One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, who hired a pro bono constitutional lawyer to represent companies affected by the border closure in a High Court challenge.
“It is unconstitutional for Prime Minister Palaszczuk to close the border with Queensland, and her actions worry me deeply about the economic viability of our state,” Senator Hanson wrote on Facebook.
Ms. Palaszczuk said that Ms. Hanson filed a lawsuit.
“But by the time something gets to the Supreme Court, I’m sure the borders are open.”
Queensland did not register new cases of COVID-19 overnight.
There are 12 active cases left.