According to The Australian Financial Review, Sunshine Coast tourism operator Aldy Johnston remembers the exact moment the phones starting ringing again to book accommodation at their "Secrets on the Lake" holiday cabins, near Montville.
After two months of cancelled bookings or refunds, there was finally a glimmer of hope last Friday when Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the three-stage road map out of coronavirus lockdowns.
A press conference by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk followed soon after and then the phone calls and emails started up again – and they haven't stopped since.
The date June 12 was marked in the diary. That's when overnight accommodation will be allowed again at their 11 cabins on Lake Baroon, five minutes drive out of Montville, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
"Last week it suddenly got hugely busy with people inquiring or wanting to book. It's all turned around and I'm no longer anxious about the bank balance," Ms Johnston told AFR Weekend.
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