Published on : Thursday, February 11, 2021
Australia expect to lose 320,000 tourism jobs and billions due to border shutdown. In the aftermath of pandemic, Australian tourism industry is under the threat of losing 320,000 jobs and 7 billion USD owing to border shutdown during peak tourism session. Tourism jobs are at a risk owing to the international border closure due to the pandemic threat during the summer holiday period.
New analysis by the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) mentioned that in the short period of December 24, 2020 to January 31, 2021, holiday spending decreased by USD 6.8 billion. The research also forecasted that if border closures continue, and JobKeeper ends as planned in March, as many as 320,000 jobs in the tourism sector could be lost by September 2021.
Margy Osmond, CEO of TTF said the idea that domestic tourism could replace the economic windfall brought in by international visitors was a myth. He added that business might revive only when international tourist returns, as they spend heavy amount in travelling.
Growing threats and lack of clarity regarding treatment and care, further affected the business, and this lowered the confidence level of the government and forced to decide closure of borders, thus affecting tourism sector badly. And at present the situation is harsh and making impossible for domestic tourism to compensate for the loss caused by the international border closure.