The Queensland premier says there are tourism jobs going in the state's most desirable holiday spots as she again sounds the alarm about the end of JobKeeper.
Despite angst about the end of the federal wage subsidy scheme later this month, Annastacia Palaszczuk is calling for workers to consider a move to "paradise".
She says her government's $200 tourism voucher raffle has boosted demand and tourism operators need to fill positions.
"If you are anywhere else in Queensland (or) Australia and you're thinking about moving for work, I don't think there's a better place than Port Douglas," Ms Palaszczuk told reporters in the north Queensland town.
Her comments come amid growing fears the state government may not have any more substantial stimulus for the struggling tourism sector.
Both state and federal governments have committed to various stimulus measures.
But the Queensland government admits all those measures combined won't make up for JobKeeper.
The $25.5 billion tourism industry employs 234,000 Queenslanders and is facing a downturn when the subsidies end.
Many operators, particularly those dependent on international visitors, expect to go under.
"It's 10 days until the end of JobKeeper. This is a really serious issue for our tourism industry," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"Once again, I am still calling on the federal government to have more targeted support."
The Queensland government has also started drafting plans for the tourism sector to recover "beyond 2021".
Ms Palaszczuk has appointed a tourism industry panel to make recommendations about how the sector can recover after this year.
"We have a great opportunity to build back better. That's what this is all about," she said.
Aviation guru Liz Savage will lead the panel, which will include former Tourism Australia chief executive Andrew McEvoy and Tourism and Events Queensland chair Brett Godfrey.
It will look at increasing the state's share of international students, rebuilding airline capacity and hosting events in regional areas visited by road.
Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe says the panel will advise on the recovery after this year, rather than the next few months.
"With vaccines being rolled out in Australia and around the world, the panel will work with industry on a considered and thorough plan for Queensland tourism beyond 2021," he said on Thursday.
The state government has pledged to continue to waive Cairns Marina fees for Great Barrier Reef operators until 2022.
It's also offering $200 tourism experience vouchers for state residents and $150 to students to visit the reef.
Mr Hinchliffe said on Wednesday 15,000 tourism experience vouchers had been awarded to 106,000 applicants, with 160 already redeemed.
Ms Palaszczuk said a new marketing campaign in NSW and Victoria would also help woo southerners to holiday in Queensland.
"The minister will have more to say about that on Sunday or Monday, but you know we want to encourage more people to come to Queensland," she said.