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ATEC highlights the harsh reality of a tourism industry in crisis
The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has shared its concerns of a tourism industry in crisis. International visitor results for March, released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, confirm that Australia’s once strong and vibrant tourism export industry is in crisis having dropped by more than 60% on the same month in 2019.
ATEC Managing Director Peter Shelley notes “a few months ago tourism was a rising star of Australia’s export sector, bringing $45billion to our economy each year, but now it's fallen to a pale imitation of its great past.
“Just as we began to rebuild from the rubble of January's bushfires which saw mass cancellations from both domestic and international visitors, tourism businesses across the country were the first to be hit by the coronavirus, which has bought our inbound industry to a complete halt.
“We now work towards the opportunity of reopening some businesses to welcome domestic visitors on a phased timetable which will vary across the states. While this is a positive, many tourism and hospitality businesses will choose to remain in hibernation simply because essential social distancing requirements make it commercially impossible to open the doors.
"The reality is it will be 2021 before we see any sign of international visitors back on our shores and inbound tourism will be one of the last sectors of our economy to make it to the ‘other side’, sadly with many tourism businesses and thousands of staff lost on the journey.
“The only bright light in the horizon for tourism businesses targeting the international visitor is the possibility of travel across the Tasman and our industry welcomes this opportunity with open arms.
Shelley adds “these businesses are desperately hoping we can welcome New Zealand visitors before the end of the Job Keeper program in September, otherwise the many businesses who are desperately trying to survive will not be there to help rebuild the industry in the future.
“For the thousands of people who have committed a lifetime to establish successful businesses working in the international tourism sector, the opportunity to welcome their first overseas visitors remains a distant thought, as our borders are expected to remain closed for many months.
“While there is a lot to look forward to as the dark days of the COVID fog lifts, we all hope the recovery will be quick and that governments across the country work in partnership with the industry to build back a better tourism industry which will thrive into the future.”
11th May 2020 - Tourism Council WA welcomes tourism recovery guidelines
5th May 2020 - Tourism Rebound Taskforce established for Northern Territory
24th March 2020 - Up to 300,000 hospitality jobs set to be lost across Australia
2nd March 2020 - ATEC remembers tourism innovator James Kwan
17th January 2020 - ATEC emphasises the need for positive messages to international tourists
28th November 2019 - ATEC recognises outstanding industry achievements for 2019
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