Published on : Wednesday, February 3, 2021
As travel industry experiences a loss of over millions a day, Queensland tour operators is anxious with business management and future of tourism. They are losing sleep in the present situation as they brace for the end of the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme and months of lacklustre domestic travel, the state’s acting Premier says.
Lockdown caused merciless losses, paycuts and job losses. And now with negligible business recovery hopes the Sunshine State’s tourism industry has been bleeding tens of millions of dollars every day, with state and international borders locked down for most of the past 12 months. Acting Premier Steven Miles said it was up to the federal government to stump up the cash to help businesses keep staff on past the planned end of JobKeeper in March.
He added that several are experiencing tension over the situation and are losing sleep at night in apprehensions of managing business or worker payment. Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind said Queensland’s COVID-stricken tourism industry was also desperate for Sydney’s tourism dollar.
Destinations such as Gold Coast and Cairns, etc that attracted local as well foreign tourists have not shown signs of recovery, and this has further crippled the business as borders remained shut. Some tour operators are badly struggling to survive and are expected to struggle over a period of next 12 months. Mr Gschwind said snap lockdowns were devastating for the industry and shook consumer confidence.