Statement from Rob Giason, CEO, Tourism Tropical North Queensland

You will have seen reports that Tropical Cyclone Yasi crossed the Queensland coast early on the morning of February 3.


I want to update you on the current situation on tourism operations in our region so you will have confidence in continuing to book and send clients here. We are well and truly open for business.

Cairns International Airport is fully operational.

Accommodation in Cairns, Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Cairns Tablelands, Daintree and Cape Tribulation is open and most tourism product will be operating as normal from Saturday February 5.

The resort area of Mission Beach on the Cassowary Coast will take time to recover. Check with individual tourism operators and accommodation houses in the Mission Beach area for specific details. We will continue to update you on developments but we want to make it clear that you can continue to book and send clients to the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region within Tropical North Queensland.

· Boats to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns and Port Douglas resume operation Saturday, February 5.

· All accommodation in Cairns and areas north of Cairns are operating as normal.

· Most day tour operations and attractions are back to normal from  Saturday, February 5.

· Cairns, Port Douglas, Palm Cove and the Atherton Tablelands had vegetation damage but no major damage to buildings or infrastructure.

· All local roads and transport links are operating as normal. We know you'll be fielding questions from many of you clients and want to assure you we are very much open for business and ready to welcome your clients to the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region.

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