BENDIGO travel agents have welcomed the plan to reopen Queensland's border to Victorians, but say it will still be some time before business is back to normal.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Wednesday announced Victorians would be allowed to enter the state from December 1.
The borders have been closed to all of Victoria since the start of July.
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Italktravel and Cruise Bendigo owner John Fitzpatrick said the changes would certainly help business.
"Everyone wants to go and do something, whether that's down to Bairnsdale or further afield," he said.
"It has come at a difficult time because it's not the Queensland season for us - that's April through to September. But it's good and it will only get better."
Travelaction owner Jenni Childs said the lack of international travel would still take a toll on agencies.
But she said the open Queensland border would boost business, as long as consumers were confident it was safe to travel.
"We saw what happened with the South Australian border and their outbreak," Ms Childs said. "It brought it home to people that even though the borders are open, they still may be snapped shut.
"It didn't give them that certainty. Let's hope when they reopen they are not going to close them again as a first option."
Mr Fitzpatrick said it had been a "horrendous" year for the travel industry.
He said he had been determined to keep all of his staff employed during the pandemic, which was made possible through federal government support.
Mr Fitzpatrick said things were beginning to turn around with the opening of the NSW border earlier this week.
"We have had some positive inquiries and positive bookings," he said. "We have been busy with clients."
Ms Childs said the COVID-19 pandemic had "decimated" business, with Travelaction spending the past eight months working on getting refunds for clients rather than selling holidays.
She said residents should start to look ahead to travel options in 2021 and 2022 so they could support businesses in the region.
"Love your local and build a rapport with your agent," Ms Childs said. "We're a great source of information.
"I know a lot of people like to manage it themselves online. That's fine, but have a think about where the profits of that company is going.
"A lot of them are based overseas and it's nice to keep that money in Australia.
"Small independent agents can still access all the same things as large providers and you get a more personalised experience."
Mr Fitzpatrick also encouraged residents to look towards Bendigo businesses when booking their travel.
"I have five enthusiastic staff members with experience who are happy to help book a holiday," he said. "People should get out there and enjoy Australia and the life we have."
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