Minister's plea: Share photos to help state overcome Debbie

PICTURE PERFECT: Bowen's Horseshoe Bay's crystal blue waters have to been seen to be believed.
PICTURE PERFECT: Bowen's Horseshoe Bay's crystal blue waters have to been seen to be believed. Matthew Newton

WHAT is your enduring memory of a Queensland holiday? From the Sunshine Coast hinterland to the Strand in Townsville, Facebook users and Instagrammers have begun to share their favourite holiday photographs with the #thisisqueensland hashtag.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones is urging all Australians to get behind Queensland's tourism industry following ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie by joining the campaign.

All people have to do is upload their photographs to their social feeds with the hashtag.

"There's no question Cyclone Debbie left her mark in Queensland, but we know our tourism industry is incredibly resilient when it comes to responding to events like this,” Ms Jones said.

"It's been a really tough week, but we're built tough in Queensland and we will bounce back.

"Just like we did after Cyclone Yasi, Cyclone Marcia and the 2011 floods, we will support our communities and our tourism industry to rebuild.

"We're already working hard to support tourism operators to get back to business as quickly as possible.

"In the coming weeks and months we will roll out a targeted marketing campaign, in partnership with Tourism Australia, to encourage everyone to consider a Queensland holiday.”

To start the recovery efforts, Ms Jones has encouraged travellers to share their favourite Queensland holiday photos on social media.

"Queensland's tourism industry is incredibly resilient, but we need people to continue to support the industry now and into the future,” she said.

"Let's all share our favourite holiday snaps on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to get the ball rolling.

"We want to send a very clear message that Queensland is still the best place in Australia to come for holidays.

"Although many communities have been affected by the cyclone and floods, Queensland is still open for business.”

Search #thisisqueensland on social media to check out others' photos.

Topics:  cyclone debbie tourism travel

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