Tourism industry survival plan needed

The desperate need for ongoing support for the tourism industry from the Marshall Liberal Government has been underlined by a new survey released this morning.

According to the BusinessSA Survey of Business Expectations, 94 percent of tourism businesses are relying on JobKeeper payments to keep going.

Whilst early indications show that the July school holidays gave the industry a much needed boost, there are mounting concerns about falling revenue in the coming months.

According to the survey, 88 per cent of tourism businesses said trade would remain below 70 per cent of pre-COVID-19 levels by September.

The tourism industry includes a diverse range of businesses such as tour operators, food and hospitality, event hire, bus and coaches, live venues, festivals and accommodation providers

Other States such as Queensland and Western Australia have recently announced tourism industry support programs.

These comprehensive support packages provide funding for:

  • Improving tourism infrastructure in regional areas
  • Funding new marketing campaigns for domestic tourism
  • New regional aviation routes
  • The Marshall Liberal Government has been deaf to calls from tourism operators here for an economic recovery plan for South Australia‚Äôs tourism sector.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Tourism Minister Zoe Bettison

The Marshall Liberal Government needs to have a serious plan about how we will support this important sector of our economy as Covid-19 continues to challenge the viability of these businesses.

We need to invest in opportunities for the future and support the business that are doing it tough.

The South Australian tourism industry employs more than 40,000 South Australians.

The vast majority of these operators are small operators, funded by locals that have invested their whole lives into the business.