Southern Moreton Bay islands in Queensland government tourism promotion

A business that runs art and scenic tours to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands is part of a state government tourism promotion in which big discounts are offered.

MORETON BAY: The Redlands. Who would not want to visit?

MORETON BAY: The Redlands. Who would not want to visit?

From Monday Queenslanders can book heavily discounted holidays as the government launches its $8 million Great Queensland Getaway tourism campaign.

It offers big discounts on flights, accommodation and tourism experiences to encourage Queenslanders to book a local holiday.

Bay Islands Art and Scenic Tours owner Anita Bertoncelj said she was one of the first businesses to register to take part in the campaign.

STOP OFF: Macleay, one of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

STOP OFF: Macleay, one of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

"The Brisbane Holiday Dollars campaign was a big success for my business so when I found out this new campaign would be promoting tours, I was excited to take part," Ms Bertoncelj said.

"I want to share the jewels of Moreton Bay with visitors, to show people the natural beauty of our islands, meet with local artists and get hands-on creating art for themselves.

"I welcome Queenslanders to come and explore with me, using their promo code to get up to 50 per cent off."

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a boom in tourism areas like the Scenic Rim and the outback but the Great Barrier Reef has struggled with international tourism drying up and repeated NSW and Victorian lockdowns due to outbreaks.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was hoped the tourism campaign would entice thousands of Queenslanders to get out and explore their own state.

It was hoped to generate $80 million for businesses.

"On sale at Queensland.com from Monday, there will be up to 50 per cent off tourism experiences, plus budget flights and Queensland bus passes.

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said that with our two biggest customers - New South Wales and Victoria unable to travel - this is a great opportunity for Queenslanders to explore the state.

"To date the Palaszczuk government has invested more than $1 billion in direct support for the tourism industry," he said.

Businesses involved in the campaign include Virgin Australia, Greyhound Australia, Helloworld and Accor Pacific.

Greyhound marketing manager Michael Leard said that under the scheme a $75 pass would be available that would allow passengers to travel to 50 destinations around the state.