Australia Aviation grants and tourism loans expected
Top End launches new tourism ad campaign
The Northern Territory has launched a new domestic tourism advertising campaign but it's unlikely to make up for the continued loss of overseas travellers.But the national campaign is unlikely to be a silver bullet for the ailing tourism industry, which had been heavily reliant on overseas travellers.
Aviation grants and business industry loans are expected to replace JobKeeper payments when the wage subsidy scheme ends on March 31.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will outline the replacement pandemic supports in Queensland later this week.
Daniel Gschwind from the Queensland Tourism Industry Council said operators across the state were crying out for more support.
"There are many parts of our industry that are still struggling," he told ABC radio on Tuesday.
"Cairns is one example, but it's right across the spectrum of destinations.
Vaccinated tourists could be welcomed back to Bali as coronavirus threatens the island's economy
Australia was the top source of foreign tourists into Bali in 2019, followed by China, before the pandemic hit. Mr Uno said he had raised the idea with Australia's ambassador to Jakarta, though not yet with the Australian government.But it is unlikely Australians will be packing their bags for a trip to Kuta Beach anytime soon.There is currently an overseas travel ban in place, and Health Department Secretary Brendan Murphy has indicated that Australia's borders are unlikely to reopen this year.Mr Uno said Perth would be the ideal destination in Australia for a tourism corridor with Bali.
"Even in Brisbane and here on the Gold Coast, we have enormous problems with businesses that cannot get international travellers, but also domestic travellers with the uncertainty that we have seen over the last 12 months."
The Queensland government estimates 50,000 jobs will be lost when JobKeeper ends on March 31, many of those in tourism-dependent regions.
Mr Gschwind hopes it does not come to that, but said it was a real risk, with many small businesses already starting to shed staff.
"That risk is obviously increasing with the end of JobKeeper and we're urging federal and state governments to really look at every option to ensure that we can keep the skills in place," he said.
"That's very important because if we lose the staff and the skills it will be very, very difficult to crank the economy up again when domestic and eventually international visitors return.
"And the cost to the federal government and state governments will be far greater if we lose the staff, lose the skills, and then have to deal with the damage afterwards."
Fears of a debt disaster as property market runs hot and changes to safe lending laws loom .
Consumer groups fear that axing safe lending laws during a pandemic could prove risky, fuelling an overheating housing market and leading to a situation where borrowers are saddled with unaffordable mortgages.He wanted to develop his then property in the Tweed Valley into a tourist lodge.