Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner is formally calling on the State Government to change the Ekka public holiday from mid-week to create a long weekend in August to support struggling tourism operators and businesses.
“Tourism right across Australia is suffering right now and it’s especially dire in Queensland as the State Government keeps interstate borders closed with no set date for reopening,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Creating a long weekend in August will give South East Queensland residents the opportunity to have a mini-holiday in their own state, eat out at local cafes and restaurants, book accommodation and tourism experiences.
“A three-day weekend could inject much-needed funds back into our tourism economy and give it the kick-start it needs to start thriving again.”
Cr Schrinner said the date of the public holiday was ultimately a decision of the State Government.
“I have formally written to Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace calling on the State to move the Ekka Public Holiday for this year only,” he said.
“Moving the date of this public holiday in 2020 just makes sense. The traditional Wednesday show holiday was a great for Ekka attendance, but a mid-week holiday in 2020 where this is no Ekka gives no relief for businesses struggling.
“Under the State Government’s road map to ease Queensland’s restrictions people will be able to travel for tourism by August, 100 people will be able to gather, and national and state parks will be open for hiking and camping.
“So many residents have had to put holiday plans on hold due to coronavirus and giving residents a long-weekend opportunity to enjoy a domestic tourism experience is win-win for residents and tourism operators,” Cr Schrinner said.
[Ends] 20 MAY, 2020