Devastating new figures have revealed that one in five tourism jobs have been cut on the Gold Coast in just a year.
New research, commissioned by the Tourism and Transport Forum, shows that 20,094 full and part-time jobs within the tourism industry have been slashed.
That’s down 20 per cent in the 12 months to June 2021.
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But it gets worse, with modelling also predicting that tourism employment will continue to drop by a further 20 per cent from June to December 2021.
That’s roughly another 4,000 jobs gone in just six months.
Destination Gold Coast CEO Patricia O’Callaghan says it’s just heartbreaking.
“We know our mum and dad operators right through to major hoteliers and theme parks are struggling to hold on financially, as well as hold on to their skilled workforce,” Ms O’Callaghan said.
“We know the industry will bounce back with a roar once travel conditions improve.
“But until that improves Gold Coast operators are seeking targeted financial support from government to help them get through,” she said.
The alarming stats come with even further bad news, that struggling businesses are still waiting for support promised by the state government almost a month ago.
The state opposition claims that only three per cent of the $600 million in support has actually hit bank accounts.
LNP Leader David Crissafulli says it’s a disgrace.
“This is money owed to small and family businesses from lockdown dated two months ago.
“They still haven’t been paid, and many have been impacted right now by border closures.
“The state government has to pay this money out immediately, it’s vital for their survival,” he said.