Far North Queensland is preparing to welcome vaccinated international travellers back for the first time since borders closed more than two years ago.
The first flight from Singapore Airlines will touch down in Cairns on Monday afternoon.
Tourism Tropical North Queensland CEO Mark Olsen says the news is the “beginning of the international recovery for Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.”
“International tourism injected over a billion dollars a year into this regional economy and supported about seven and a half thousand jobs, so we really have missed having our international visitors back,” he told Sky News Australia.
“Our Bali flights will be back in May, our Japan flights are back in June and hopefully New Zealand before July…and that’ll also connect us then with the West Coast of the United States of America.”