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Uluru resort stands down hundreds of workers due to Coronavirus restrictions and downturn
The largest tourism accommodation provider for Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park says it has stood down hundreds of staff in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, the company that operates the Uluru resort on behalf of the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, said it usually employed more than 1,000 workers across the site.
Explaining the move, Voyages Chief Executive, Grant Hunt stated “these are unprecedented times and we don't have a playbook for this.
"I just find this gut wrenching, it's heartbreaking.
"The individual toll that this will take on people and families is absolutely immense.
"I just encourage people to have compassion and to see the human side of all this."
Hunt said more than 500 staff had lost their jobs - 363 of these workers remained employees but were stood down, 118 seasonal workers resigned and the rest were made redundant.
Hunt advised “most of them will remain on site for the duration and we're hoping to bring them back as soon as we possibly can.
Voyages operates most of the accommodation in the town of Yulara, which is on the doorstep of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park.
The park closed to visitors last week and strict COVID-19 border controls mean anyone arriving in the Northern Territory must self-quarantine for 14 days.
Hunt said many of his staff held visas that were ineligible under subsidy schemes such as the JobKeeper payments, adding “they've got nowhere to go, this is their home - so we're trying to make it as comfortable and easy for them as possible.
Hunt said the resort had also waived rent payments for remaining staff and commercial operators at the site but advised the redundancies were necessary because the company anticipated the recovery from the pandemic would take years.
He concluded “for us this is a multi-year recovery.
"It will take us a very long time to get back to the sorts of occupancies and staffing levels that we were seeing prior to the crisis."
4th April 2020 - Kakadu Tourism closes facilities in response to COVID-19
24th March 2020 - Up to 300,000 hospitality jobs set to be lost across Australia
21st March 2020 - One million jobs a day being lost due to Coronavirus pandemic
31st January 2020 - Coronavirus declared global health emergency by World Health Organization
26th October 2019 - Uluru climb closes as hundreds scale sacred site on final day
19th July 2019 - Uluru blimp loss shows attractions operators need a ‘Plan B’
27th June 2019 - Rise in visitors to Uluru in advance of climbing ban
5th July 2018 - Japanese tourist dies during Uluru climb
1st November 2017 - Climbing Uluru to be banned from October 2019
9th July 2015 - Big ideas welcomed for Uluru tourism
21st January 2014 - Balloon flights proposed as safe alternative to climbing Uluru
29th October 2012 - Uluru climb numbers decline
18th January 2010 - Uluru closure conditions ‘disappointing’
14th July 2009 - Uluru Management Plan Needs Partnership Approach
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