Tourism

ATIC proposes three-pronged emergency plan for tourism, hospitality and events to government

The Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) has handed the federal government an emergency plan for the survival of tourism, hospitality and event operators.

The nation’s $150 billion tourism, events and hospitality industry was the first and most severely affected by the impact of COVID-19 and will be the last to recover, according to ATIC.

Deputy chair of the council, Daniel Gschwind (pictured above), said the past 18 months have seen major disruption for tourism and hospitality businesses, with border closures and snap lockdowns cutting them off from their customers both domestically and internationally.

“The impact has been nothing short of devastating, and has left businesses large and small depleted of any financial reserves and many are on the brink of giving up,” he said.

“Australia cannot afford to stand by and see one of the major national employment sectors and driver of regional economies, decimated without further assistance.

“Even if we are not in a lockdown situation, the ongoing operating restrictions and lack of access for visitors will continue to burden an industry that relies on people being able to move freely across the country – and across borders.

“This presents a clear and present danger to the sustainability of the entire sector in every part of the country, and we need urgent action.”

The council’s proposed emergency plan seeks to sustain the industry until more certainty for businesses and consumers is restored by covering three major factors;

  1. To the end of the calendar year, affected tourism, hospitality and event operators across Australia must have access to targeted financial support to sustain operations and maintain staff engagement. This support could be structured along similar lines to the support offered to the aviation sector, in the form of wage subsidies.
  2. Re-introduce the flexibility provisions in the Fair Work Act that were put in place for employers during the JobKeeper period. This will allow businesses to maintain relationships with employees and will give a degree of certainty to employees that their jobs are being protected. In combination with the first measure proposed, this will make a material difference to both employers and employees.
  3. A more detailed COVID-19 transition roadmap agreed by National Cabinet to provide more operating certainty to the industry’s pathway to recovery.

“In our darkest hour, we are asking the government to stand with us,” Gschwind said.


Featured image source: Youtube/QTIC



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