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Take a mini break and support regional tourism
With the cancellation of the 2020 Royal National Association Show (The Ekka), sample bags won't be swaying on arms of children or the screams of excitement being heard from those on rides this August. But there is some good news.
The Queensland Government has decided to turn the EKKA Show Day public holiday in Brisbane into a three-day long weekend to help support and boost the State's tourism industry. The public holiday, known as "People's Day" will be held on Friday, August 14 2020, instead of the traditional Wednesday, making way for a 3 day break until August 16. .
It is hoped that residents will use the opportunity of the long weekend and take a mini-break to visit regional centres within the COVID 19 restriction guidelines and help boost local economies and tourist operations.
Kate Jones, Minister for Minister for State Development, Tourism and Innovation described it as a flip on normal practices. "While the country normally comes to the city, this is a chance for the city to go to the country."
People's Day recognises the cultural significance of the Ekka to the city of Brisbane and is usually marked by a grand parade of the prize-winning livestock in the main arena of the Showgrounds during the middle of the day.
So, with a three day break on offer, what will you be doing this Ekka long weekend?