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It’ll be holidays in the south west…. but not as we know it.

The Dunsborough-Yallingup Chamber of Commerce and Industry says local businesses are excited – but a little nervous – at the expected rush of tourists as of next week.

The partial easing of border restrictions will again allow Perth residents to visit down south, although venues will need to abide by patron restrictions and social distancing measures.

President of the local CCI Francine McDonald told Gareth Parker on Mornings while the Dunsborough-Yallingup community will welcome visitors – some patience might be needed.

Some operators are frustrated by the lifting of some restrictions but not others, with wineries unable to offer wine tastings because alcohol can only be served with a meal.

Owner of Brown Hill Estate Winery Nathan Bailey says he’s hoping cellar doors that don’t have a restaurant attached to them will soon be able to offer tastings while maintaining appropriate social distancing measures.

Meantime, Tourism Council WA is re-igniting it’s latest campaign – on the back of the partial easing of travel restrictions.

The ‘Holiday in WA’ campaign is encouraging people to book directly with tourism operators – and avoid using overseas booking services.

(Pic: Sophie Hawkins)

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