Steven Marshall must push for an expansion of the Federal Government’s flight discount package, after most South Australian destinations missed out.
The Federal Government has announced 800,000 half-price flights to 13 destinations across Australia – however none are on the South Australian mainland.
Discounted flights on the Adelaide-to-Kangaroo Island route are welcome but would require a significant increase in the number of flights to deliver real benefit to tourism operators on KI.
The Federal Government has also announced that it will expand an SME Loan Scheme. No other South Australian-specific commitments have been made as part of the package.
Tourism industry representatives have slammed the announcement, saying it will “fail to stem major job losses and closures”. Without JobKeeper, 29% of tourism businesses are expected to shed staff or close their business.
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More South Australian tourism operators deserve the benefit of these discounted flights. Tourism operators across mainland South Australia have missed out, and now also face the looming loss of JobKeeper within weeks.
There are still many businesses that are struggling and will have to let go of staff.
Support for KI is welcome but will only be truly realised if we also see an increase in flights.
Steven Marshall needs to step up and fight for our tourism operators to get a greater share of Federal Government support on offer.