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Tourism hits a new low as government considers help

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Tourism and Events Queensland has shaken up its board as the Government admits the industry is at its lowest point since the pandemic began.

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The impact of the restrictions has led to 24 major events, including the Ekka, being cancelled and Visit Sunshine Coast said the lockdown would cost its operators $45 million. Overall, the economic impact of the one week lockdown on the state’s economy is expected to be as much as $700 million.

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the impact on the industry had been “heartbreaking” and a decision would be made soon on whether the Government would again waive fees and charges imposed on the industry.

“A lack of Jobkeeper style support from the Federal Government has brought the industry to its lowest point since the pandemic began,” he said.

Australian Banking Association chief executive Anna Bligh said banks were ready to assist customers in south east Queensland who needed help.

“The sooner you talk to your bank, the sooner they can help you find a solution that is right for you,” Bligh said.

The comments followed the appointment of four new directors to the TEQ board “to help support the recovery of the tourism industry from the COVID-19 pandemic”.

“The new members of the TEQ board join at a critical time in the recovery and rebuilding of Queensland’s tourism industry.

“They bring to the TEQ board an accomplished mix of industry leadership, regional knowledge, and media and marketing expertise.”

Joining the board will be Cairns-based marketing professional Brian Hennessy, the chair of the Federal Government’s Indigenous Advisory Committee and Wulgurukaba and Bidjara man Duane Fraser and Nine executive Kylie Blucher.

Trade and Investment Queensland chief executive Paul Martyn also joins the board as an ex-officio appointment.        

 

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