CORONAVIRUS: TOURISM INDUSTRY AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE UPDATES

TOURISM AUSTRALIA WEEKLY INDUSTRY WEBINAR SERIES

Tourism Australia's weekly tourism webinar series kicks off on Friday 27 March at 11am(Australian Eastern Daylight Time) to keep the industry connected and informed as you try to navigate your businesses and staff through the current crisis.

Hear the most up-to-date information direct from the relevant experts.First up is the Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham, who will give an update on the situation as relevant to the tourism sector from a Federal Government perspective. Also hear from a senior health official and from Tourism Australia's Managing Director, Phillipa Harrison.

Registration is essential and spaces are limited - PLEASE REGISTER HERE.

Webinars will also be recorded and the links provided here for later viewing.


AUSTRALIAN TOURISM EXPORT COUNCIL UPDATE

23 March 2020

ATEC (Australian Tourism Export Council) responds to the Prime Minister's second stimulus package to help protect the economy from the impacts of Coronavirus, aimed at helping individuals who find themselves out of work, and on small businesses that employ staff. ATEC outlines benefits of the package to their members, including:

  • Payments of $20,000 to $100,000 for businesses that employ staff
  • Payments to employers from 28 April
  • Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme
  • Access to superannuation for sole traders and individuals whose revenue or work hours are reduced by more than 20%

READ ATEC'S STATEMENT HERE


FLIGHTS CUT

  • Virgin Australia will temporarily suspend services to Sunshine Coast Airport from midnight 27 March. Significantly reduced domestic services continue to operate from Brisbane Airport to Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Mackay, Perth, Rockhampton and Townsville. Tigerair Australia has temporarily suspended all services. READ MORE HERE
  • The reduction in Qantas domestic routes will impact services between Sunshine Coast Airport and Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The twice-daily Qantas Link service to Sydney, and Adelaide services have been suspended. Jetstar operations are reduced to a once-daily return service to Sydney and Melbourne. Changes are effective from 30 March to at least 30 May. READ MORE HERE
  • Virgin Australia temporarily suspends all international flights and reduces domestic capacity until 14 June | 18 March 2020. READ MORE HERE
  • Qantas and Jetstar will cut international capacity by about 90 per cent, and domestic capacity by around 60 per cent, until at least the end of May | 17 March 2020. READ MORE HERE
  • Air New Zealand has postponed the Sunshine Coast to Auckland service until at least 1 July 2020 | 17 March 2020. READ MORE HERE.

TOURISM AUSTRALIA

Tourism Australia is continuing to assess activities on a day-by-day basis. All international campaign activity aimed at driving immediate bookings is being suspended. Activities focused on shaping longer term consumer desire to visit Australia in the future are constantly under review to ensure their appropriateness and effectiveness.

Tourism Australia has set up a one-stop help page with information on support and relief assistance for tourism businesses - CLICK HERE


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