Struggling Qld businesses in the hands of domestic tourists

The federal tourism minister insists that holiday-makers will help get the tourism industry back on its feet once the Job Keeper payments come to an end.

“Put your hand in your pocket – don’t be a penny pincher – and spend like you would overseas and really help and support our tourism industry,” Minister Dan Tehan told ABC this morning.

It now seems more and more unlikely that there will be further support in the form of Job Keeper, once the subsidy finally comes to an end in April.


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The federal government is now putting its faith behind domestic tourism to get the industry back on its feet, by subsiding 800,000 flights from April through to August.

But regional Queensland areas, including Cairns and the Gold Coast, are concerned that it just won’t be enough to support their businesses.

NewsCorp reports that figures from the Australian Tax Office show that 172,000 Queenslanders are still receiving Job Keeper payments.

When that ends next month, around $83 million will be lost from the state economy each week.

While interest in Queensland holidays has spiked, businesses know that domestic tourism can hardly begin to repair the damage done by the international borders.

However, Federal Tourism Minister Dan Tehan insists the government’s $1.2 billion package will go far enough, encouraging those who take up the half-price flights to just ‘spend like you would overseas’.

“We’re trying to save all the jobs in the tourism industry, that’s why we announced the package last week,” he told the ABC.

“Some airlines have seen a 40 per cent spike in bookings.

“You get your discount airfare, you go to a destination, you have the confidence to travel, you spend in the pub, you stay overnight, you visit one of the wonderful attractions that we have right across this nation.

“This is about getting people moving, this is about putting confidence in people to book those airline tickets and get travelling again, and we’ve seen it happen.

“We’ve seen consumers vote with their feet last week, and that’s before the discount fares have even rolled out which will start at the beginning of April.

“Do your patriotic duty and book that fare, take that trip, visit a tourism destination, spend money like you would overseas, put your hand in your pocket – don’t be a penny pincher – and spend like you would overseas and really help and support our tourism industry.

“That is the best way we can support jobs in the tourism industry right across this nation,” Minister Tehan said.

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Need the businesses to be supportive of local tourists as well and not take advantage of the tax payer funded support to get people into these area’s.
Some have already jacked up pricing to take advantage.
That’s one of the reasons people go overseas as its much cheaper than domestic holidays.

Well they should make it cheaper.. all Hotels start getting greedy by jacking up its price….

The average cost of a hotel room in Cairns was $170 per night for 2 adults Jan – Feb.
Now jumped up to $210 average per night.
Stop ripping people off if you want people to visit.

Yes, l agree. We had booked to fly to G Coast the middle of February but Melbourne had a 5 day lock down and QLD locked us out… we now have air fare voucher to travel, our hotel refunded our booking and now to do the same booking with the same hotel is double the price, which means we will need to wait to do our holiday and miss out on doing it in the warm weather, which s***s

Spot on…came on here just to say the same. I’ve had my eye on a hotel in Port Douglas. In Jan the rate was $380. A few weeks ago it was $425. I just checked the very same room and dates and its now $450!!!! That’s an extra $500 for a week’s stay I was planning for the family. They were crying for local tourists last Christmas up north and now they can’t ramp up their prices fast enough. Open the borders so we can travel abroad and get value for money. I love Port Douglas but I’m not willing to spend $5k for a week’s stay. Ridiculous!

And I’m replying to myself as I’m so angered by this! These hotels know that domestic travel will increase due to the incentives outlined by the govt, and people know they cannot travel overseas so will likely travel intrastate and interstate if they can afford it. The result is a higher occupancy rate than last year and a boost to their local economy. Yet still they increase prices to rip off the average Aussie.