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Tourism operators burst with excitement over trans-Tasman bubble

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The trans-Tasman bubble has been dubbed as a 'huge win' for Sunshine Coast tourism operators.

From April 19, New Zealanders can travel to Australia without having to stay in hotel quarantine.

Australians will also be allowed to travel across the ditch quarantine-free, and an exemption to leave Australia is not required for those travelling to New Zealand.

Matt Stoekal from Visit Sunshine Coast says tourism operators are hoping to take advantage of the significant 'pent-up' demand of Kiwis looking for an Aussie getaway.

"New Zealand historically has been our largest international market...it's worth more than $110 million per year."

Air New Zealand is set to resume flights to the Sunshine Coast from late June.

"We're really optimistic about securing a regular, high frequency service between the two destinations," Stoekal adds.

Image: Supplied by Visit Sunshine Coast