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TTNQ welcomes vaccination certainty

TTNQ welcomes vaccination certainty

Tourism Tropical North Queensland congratulated the Queensland Premier on her decisive action in providing certainty around vaccinations from December 17.

Chair Ken Chapman said the tourism industry had been asking for certainty around vaccination requirements and it had been delivered.

“It gives businesses and travellers certainty around travel and the safety of the destination and that’s what we need to get back in business,” he said.

Chief Executive Officer Mark Olsen welcomed the new rules as a game changer for the tourism industry.

“It is exactly what is needed to get borders open and visitors returning to destinations like Tropical North Queensland that have been locked out of their major customer bases for almost two years,” he said.

“This certainty will set Tropical North Queensland on the path to reach the 80% vaccination rate by December 17 and 90% in early 2022 to restart the international tourism sector.

“Businesses will need some assistance to manage the transition with their staff and we have to accept some staff will not want to be vaccinated which could exacerbate predicted workforce shortages.”