Cheap flights spark Queensland push for tourist dollars11th March 2021
During the peak of the coronavirus pandemic Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was criticised for her trigger happy reaction to closing state borders.
At the time, as the public health crisis worsened, she famously said that Queensland hospitals are “for our people only”.
On Wednesday, Palaszczuk announced what she described as one of the most “aggressive domestic marketing campaigns Australia has ever seen” to lure people from NSW and Victoria, who had been locked out of entering the state as recently as January, to return to Queensland.
The campaign comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a $1.2 billion tourism stimulus package offering 800,000 half price flights to tourist hot spots around the country. However, the federal government has come under fire already for selecting destinations in marginal electorates the Coalition needs to win at the next election.
On Please Explain, Nathanael Cooper is joined by Queensland state political reporter Lydia Lynch to discuss these attempts to revive domestic tourism.
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