Australia Tourism sector 'confident' of govt support

00:21  08 march  2021
00:21  08 march  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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The survey revealed that confidence in the government ’s ability to provide sufficient support is very low: only 5 percent said they believed this was the case while 21 percent said they do not have confidence in the government . The survey found that the government also faces a challenge “We will need a more aggressive injection for the tourism sector to revive business.” “The most important thing is that many local tourism businesses still lack information about the loans program supported by the government . They do not know how to apply for a loan or whether they are available.

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Australia's tourism sector appears confident there will be ongoing federal government assistance beyond the end of the JobKeeper coronavirus payment this month.

a sunset over a grass field with Uluru in the background: More than 34 per cent of Aussie tourism hotspots have suffered a large decline in visitor numbers. © Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS More than 34 per cent of Aussie tourism hotspots have suffered a large decline in visitor numbers.

The Tourism & Transport Forum says it is still discussing a "soon to be finalised targeted assistance package to support these sectors beyond JobKeeper".

TTF CEO Margy Osmond pointed to briefings in recent weeks with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan.

"We are confident that our concerns and potential support options are being closely considered at this critical juncture," Ms Osmond said.

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The Government ’s role in the tourism sector is primarily as a steward of the tourism system, which it does through setting strategy and providing funding to promote New Zealand as a tourism destination and to build facilities and infrastructure to support visitor experiences. This group provides a mechanism for cross‐agency coordination and strategic oversight of government agencies’ tourism ‐related activities. It takes a proactive approach to identifying and addressing short‐term pressures, ensuring the tourism system can respond to growth in the medium‐term and setting a

The sector has previously argued for JobKeeper to be extended for the tourism and aviation markets.

The TTF on Monday released heat map research showing more than 34 per cent of the country's tourism hotspots had suffered a 40 per cent or more decline in visitors in the year ended September, due to the pandemic.

Falls in visitor numbers in the rest of Australia ranged between 10 per cent to 40 per cent, the research gathered for the TFF by Stafford Strategy found.

"Almost every corner of Australia from Inner Melbourne to Broome and from South Australia to North Queensland is still reeling from the pain of this sharp and sustained visitor drop off," Ms Osmond said.

The tourism sector has been impacted by the collapse in international visitors since the start of the pandemic.

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The global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus is having a major impact on international trade and travel. Small and medium-sized enterprises in the tourism industry could be among the most affected. This study provides you with a step-by-step plan to help you take the necessary actions to ensure the survival of your business and prepare for the future recovery of the tourism market. So, in different countries, the situation at the time of publication may be somewhat different. This particularly applies to Labour Law. You may have government help with this or challenges due to your national laws.

The tourism sector depends on capable, secure and adequately resourced RTOs that lead and coordinate activities in their regions, alongside the tourism industry, stakeholders, Māori/iwi and communities. As part of STAPP, up to .2 million in grants has been allocated to the 31 RTOs across New Zealand. Overall, the investment will support RTOs to implement destination management and planning, and encourage more people to explore their regions. The funding will also allow RTOs to support the broader tourism industry, stimulate regional demand, increase industry capability and

While domestic tourism has helped to fill some of the gaps, it's not enough, the sector argues.

Ms Osmond also repeated a TFF call to the states and territories to keep their borders open so as not to stifle nascent interstate tourism.

The JobKeeper payment given to businesses to help them retain workers during COVID-19 is due to finish at the end of the month.

There are concerns many workers, across a range of sectors - but in particular the tourism industry - may be abandoned to the jobless queues.

Meanwhile, Social Services Minister Anne Ruston on Monday noted a range of social security payments will increase from March 20, in line with indexation arrangements.

The JobSeeker payment will increase by up to $5.10 a fortnight, including the energy supplement.

Mr Frydenberg is believed to be in north Queensland on Monday.

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