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CQ welcomes back interstate tourists

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An influx of visitors from down south has been predicted for Central Queensland in the wake of state border's reopening.

The local tourism industry has been struggling since Queensland shut borders down back in March.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll said island, coastal and city operators are all reporting forward bookings through the next three months to be looking strong.

"The operators have had a very successful June/July school holidays with Queenslanders holidaying in Queensland," Ms Carroll said.

"We're hoping that our interstate visitors will extend their stay through September/October to make up for the losses we've incurred from April to June."

Ms Carroll said the chilly weather is hoped to bring visitors further north.

"They'll be heading for the warmer climates of the sub-tropical destinations like the Capricorn region."