SA hotels and hospitality venues miss out on travel vouchers

Hotels and hospitality venues have missed out on being part of the third round of travel vouchers, and now face the looming end of JobKeeper payments in less than a fortnight.

Yesterday, the Marshall Liberal Government announced the third round of the Great State Voucher scheme will be limited to experiences and tours.

Labor welcomes the inclusion of experiences and tours, which the Opposition has been calling for since last year.

However, it is concerning this has come at the expense of hotels, which have been excluded, while hospitality venues have again missed out.
 
With 29% of tourism businesses expected to lose staff or close entirely at the end of the Federal Government’s JobKeeper scheme, the third round risks being too little, too late.
 
Since late 2019, visitor expenditure has dropped in South Australia from a peak of $8.1 billion to $5.6 billion.
 
Quotes attributable to Shadow Tourism Minister Zoe Bettison
 
With the lacklustre support offered by the Federal Government’s flight discount package to South Australia’s tourism industry, Steven Marshall needs to step up and provide more targeted economic support to help our tourism operators survive.

Labor welcomes the inclusion of experiences and tours, which the Opposition has been calling for since last year.

But why did hotels and hospitality venues have to miss out?
 
With JobKeeper scheme set to end in the coming weeks, the Marshall Liberal Government need to invest in substantive job saving programs to protect jobs in our tourism industry.