The tourism industry has welcomed the next stage of eased COVID-19 restrictions for the state which begins today with several major tourism spots set to reopen soon.
Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind said Sunday's announcement by the Premier would bring enormous relief for tourism operators across the state waiting desperately for some good news.
"Bringing forward the opening of travel for the whole state and the relaxation of allowable numbers in hospitality venues was the right decision," Mr Gschwind said.
"It will allow tourism businesses to confidently start the long road to recovery with a prospect of rescuing at least part of the winter season".
Travel will be allowed throughout the state from Monday 1 June and maximum customer numbers in venues will be significantly increased.
State borders will remain closed for the immediate future with the Premier expected to review this status in the coming weeks and the continued closure of pandemic declared areas means that Adels Grove still cannot open yet.
However other tourist operations in the North West are starting to open up.
Cobbold Gorge at Forsayth and Undara Experience at Mt Surprise will open both June 12 while Winton's Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum opens June 15.
Mr Gschwind said it was a devastating time for the tourism economy and the communities that depend on it.
"We are relieved that successful health management has now brought about an accelerated timetable for the easing of restrictions. Now we are just hoping that the opening of state borders will not be far behind".
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