Our readership is not only Australian. The following comment is from an Australian perspective in relation to government assistance. However, the base premis relates to the whole world.
We think a rationalisation of the over tourism factor is needed. However, a wholesale collapse is not beneficial to the worlds economy and the livelihoods of many people who are part of this global industry.
Remarkably, it’s been just over a year since the first case of COVID-19 reached our shores and began an extraordinary and tragic series of events for our nation and the world.
For the Australian travel industry, the continued closure of international borders, combined with the uncertainty of last-minute domestic border closures, has had a devastating impact with revenue down between 60% and 99% since March 2020.
From travel agencies to airlines, tour and ground operators, cruise lines, hotels and attractions all over Australia, COVID-19 has already left the travel industry reeling through the loss of thousands of jobs and taken an enormous emotional impact on operators that have had business decimated through no fault of their own.
The fate of the travel industry is now on a knife-edge as we hurtle towards the end of JobKeeper on March 28, 2021 – and any further government support.
In fact, a recent national survey found just one in 10 will survive beyond April 1 without targeted assistance or an extension of the federal government’s JobKeeper scheme.
The travel industry is now urgently calling on the Australian Government to extend a rescue package from April 1, 2021 and we need your help. View this video and then add your name to the petition.