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Wishing you a Merry Christmas

The Visit Sunshine Coast Board and Team would like to wish you a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The past year has taught us new ways of adapting and doing things differently within tourism businesses, and as an RTO. However, with all of the changes and challenges we have endured - we remain committed to working together as we head towards 2021. United we are stronger!

This will be the last industry e-communication for 2020 and the VSC office will be closed over the festive period from 24 December 2020 and will re-open on 4 January 2021. Urgent enquiries should be directed to (07) 5458 8800.

The Visitor Information Centres (VICs) will operate as follows:
  • Glass House Mountains 9am – 4pm daily
  • Montville 10am – 4pm daily
  • Airport is subject to flight times
  • In addition and in partnership with Sunshine Coast Council, VSC will be setting up a Mobile Information Centre for a summer community activation in front of the new Brisbane Road Carpark in Mooloolaba and operating Monday – Thursday 10am – 2pm, Friday – Sunday 9.30am – 3.30pm.
All VICs will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

NSW and border: what you need to know

  • The Queensland border is closed to anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter). Currently 35 NSW LGAs comprising greater Sydney are hotspots.
  • Anyone travelling to Queensland who has been in NSW at any time since 1am Friday 11 December must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass before they enter Queensland.
  • The Queensland border remains open to regional NSW and other states.
  • All businesses should ensure they continue to follow their COVID Safe Plans, including doing the basic requirements of:
    - Increased cleaning and hygiene practice
    - Allow for social distancing
    - Collect information for contact tracing
    The full details and information can be found on the Queensland Health website
Andrew Brodie, Vynka Hutton & Andrew Fairbairn

Sunshine Coast welcomes new Qantas service

Last Thursday, Sunshine Coast Airport, VSC and Visit Noosa welcomed a new Qantas service between Sunshine Coast and Melbourne. The QantasLink service, to be operated by a two-class 110 seat Boeing 717, will deliver more than 6500 seats a month in and out of the region.

Further information.

Around the region

Find out where to make merry this festive season, celebrate New Year’s Eve and enjoy summer holiday activities.

Our friends at Fraser Island are open for business! Kingfisher Bay Resort and the island’s iconic attractions are all safe and again welcoming new arrivals.  All tours, cruises, and activities will resume as normal for the summer season. Check it out.

Mudjimba Beach Holiday Park has undergone an upgrade with 31 existing sites now fully serviced thanks to a $620,000 Sunshine Coast Council improvement.

Welcome to new VSC members: Space Holiday Apartments, Coastal Motorsport Hire, We Eat LocalStalwart Alehouse and Brewery, Starry Nights Luxury Camping, Besal, YogArt Nidra Sunshine Coast, Clock Shop, Flight Options, Run Amuk Cruises, Mayan Farm, Glasshouse Mountains Farm Stay, Prime Property and Coolabine Retreat.
Starry Nights Luxe Camping

Tourism news in brief 

  • Dan Tehan has been named as Australia's new Trade and Tourism Minister. The change will see incumbent Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham assuming responsibility for Finance.
  • Sunshine Coast Council, emergency services and Sunshine Coast Surf Lifesaving have joined forces to launch a Sharing our Sunshine Coast campaign designed to encourage locals and visitors to be prepared and take care over the holiday period. Click here for details. Further to this, VSC urges businesses to be prepared for summer storms and other events and has launched a dedicated Disaster Ready landing page with information on what to do before, during and post a disaster or crisis. 
  • Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) has been released with $100 million earmarked for tourism infrastructure. Find out more.
  • Grants of up to $100,000 are now available for community groups, local councils and non-government organisations in 23 communities impacted by the bushfires last year. More information.
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