Queensland puts out welcome mat

Queensland puts out welcome mat
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Recent flooding in Queensland should not deter people from taking a holiday in the state, its tourism minister has urged as she visited regions hit by heavy rains earlier this week.

Jann Stuckey insisted the bulk of Queensland's tourist destinations are "open for business" and called on travellers to support state tourism.

"My message to anyone contemplating a holiday in Queensland is to go ahead and do it because Queensland tourism is still well and truly open for business," she said, during the visit to the Mackay and Whitsundays region.

However, Stuckey admitted that certain areas such as Capricornia, Bundaberg and the Lockyer Valley have been worse hit, with the state government and regional tourism organisations working to aid their recovery.

"For other premier tourist destinations sfrom the Gold Coast to Tropical North Queensland and in the Outback, it's business as usual," she said.

Meanwhile, Tourism Fraser Coast confirmed the destination is now "virtually back to normal" following a significant clean-up operation in the aftermath of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.

"Overall there has been limited major infrastructure damage, the majority of tourism businesses are open and operational," general manager Pip Close said.

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