Destinations

Queensland injects nearly $50m into tourism and hospitality support

The Queensland government will provide the state’s tourism and hospitality sector with a much-needed $47.75 million support package.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the Tourism and Hospitality Sector COVID-19 Lockdown Support Package on Wednesday, and said it would address the twin burden posed by international and domestic border closures and snap lockdowns.

“My government is responding to the impact [lockdown] is having on businesses across the state, particularly those in the tourism and hospitality sectors,” Palaszczuk said.

Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said the package was the result of close consultation with businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

“We’ve listened to what business has to say and we know the measures deliver immediate cash flow assistance,” he said.

Dick said the package would provide eligible businesses in the sector with the waiving, refunding or deferring a range of fees and charges, including a six-month deferral of payroll tax payments and liquor licensing fee waivers.

“Given the impact of lockdowns on licensed venues, we will ease the burden by waiving or refunding liquor licensing fees for the 2021-22 financial for existing businesses, at a cost of up to $22 million,” Dick said.

“In response to the lockdown in Cairns and Yarrabah in the far north, we are also extending eligibility for the $5,000 COVID-19 Business Support Grants to include large tourism and hospitality businesses outside south-east Queensland.”

Yesterday, the three-day snap lockdown for Cairns and Yarrabah was lifted after the state recorded only four new cases of COVID-19 linked to a known cluster in Indooroopilly.

The Treasurer also announced a $20 million Queensland COVID-19 Cleaning Rebate to provide assistance for small and medium businesses and not-for-profit organisations affected by possible exposure to a COVID case.

“Businesses and community organisations throughout the state have helped keep Queenslanders safe by acting swiftly and responsibly to undertake deep cleaning when a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 has been on their premise,” Dick said.

“The COVID-19 Cleaning Rebate will help cover these expenses by providing up to 80 per cent of cleaning costs, capped at $10,000 per incident, where a business is a confirmed COVID-19 exposure site.”

The announcement came days after Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) made four new appointments to its board to help support recovery.

Joining the TEQ board are marketing professional Brian Hennessy; Wulgurukaba and Bidjara man Duane Fraser, who is a Traditional Owner of the Great Barrier Reef and south-central Queensland; and Kylie Blucher, who is the managing director of Nine in Queensland, northern NSW and the Northern Territory.

Paul Martyn, CEO of Trade and Investment Queensland, has also joined the TED board as an ex-officio appointment.

Existing members Chris Mills, Sarah Kelly, Brenda LaPorte and Nancy Bamaga will return to the board for second consecutive terms.

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the appointments to the TEQ board were of a high calibre.

“The new members of the TEQ board join at a critical time in the recovery and rebuilding of Queensland’s tourism industry,” he said.

“They bring to the TEQ board an accomplished mix of industry leadership, regional knowledge, and media and marketing expertise.”


Featured image source: Facebook/annastaciamp


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Destinations

ScoMo says Australia-Singapore travel bubble to form “within the next week or so”

Our editor is loving this bubble talk so much that he’s decided to celebrate by having a bubble bath while enjoying a bubble tea.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas to launch Sydney-Dehli route, moves start date forward for select overseas flights

The national carrier also said it plans to bring back around 11,000 stood-down workers a whopping six months earlier than expected.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Golden Horizon, the world’s biggest sailing ship, cancels its Aussie debut

Tradewind Voyages is the latest cruise line to axe its Aussie sailings after growing tired of waiting for the federal government to get its sh*t together.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Flight Centre-owned DMC Discova recruits new global marketing manager

The destination management company has Discova-d its new global marketing manager. Get it? (Sorry, that was a pretty cringeworthy effort).

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Four must-dos in Flanders

With charming cities, a rich history and artistic masterpieces (not to mention an unparalleled beer culture), there’s a lot to love about the northern Belgium region.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

WA lets slip plan to mandate COVID-19 jabs for all interstate travellers

Mark McGowan has been forced to do a bit of explaining after WA’s health department appeared to accidentally release details of its mandatory vaccine plan for all interstate visitors.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

W Brisbane appoints new hotel manager, marketing boss and chef de cuisine

As the saying goes, all good things come in threes. Unless, of course, we’re talking about baseball strikes.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Travel agents left out of NSW’s $530m plan to revive tourism and events

The plan includes vouchers to encourage domestic travel and a fund to lure international airlines back to Australia, but AFTA’s chief argues a crucial element of the industry has been left out.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

New marketing and PR agency launches with sustainable travel focus

Two senior names in the tourism marketing space have joined forces to launch a new purpose-led player, and you can probably guess its name from the accompanying pic.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Victoria reopens to fully-vaxxed travellers from Sydney, WA to allow quarantine-free travel for Queenslanders

Here are a couple more positive signs that domestic travel is getting back to the good old days.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Sunrise’s David “Kochie” Koch to host sustainable tourism webinar featuring industry heavyweights

Do you generally start your mornings with Kochie on TV? Well, you’ll be able to enjoy a double dose of him tomorrow.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas introduces automatic ticket revalidation enhancement for agents

Are you sick of flight schedule changes messing with your clients’ travel plans? Well, hopefully this new update by Qantas will help you contain your rage.

Share

CommentComments