OPEN SESAME: TOURISM INDUSTRY JUBILANT AT THE RETURN OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS
Tourism operators nationally will be rejoicing following the Federal Government’s announcement that after two long years Australia will welcome back international tourists from February 21 providing real hope for an industry that has borne the brunt of the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic, the sector’s peak body said today.
Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) CEO Margy Osmond described today’s announcement by the Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs as the news we’ve all been waiting for.
“This announcement couldn’t have come a minute too soon especially since the Omicron outbreak put the brakes on what was looking like a promising summer for travellers and tourism operators alike domestically.
“Once we reopened our doors to returning Australians, families of overseas expats and later students and working holidaymakers we’ve been anxiously awaiting the return of leisure and corporate travellers so that we can truly embark on the road to recovery.
“The pilot reopening to Japan, Singapore, South Korea and New Zealand has gone well so its great to see the Federal Government now proceeding with a full reopening for international travellers who are vaccinated with a TGA approved jab.
“Our industry has faced so many challenges over the last two years, but it is renowned for being resilient and I have every faith it will bounce back better and bigger than before. After all Australia has so much to offer in terms of its natural beauty and assets not to mention our culture and our reputation for being a warm friendly nation.
“There is still much to be done in attracting airlines back who unsurprisingly withdrew services during the pandemic enforced border closure, to entice tourists back from key international markets in what will be an increasingly competitive marketplace and importantly to address the skills shortages crippling the industry.
“Also to be resolved are the issues around cruise ships being allowed back into Australian waters and when that can occur.
“I have no doubt it will be a long road ahead to achieve a full-scale recovery and this is just the first step, but we look forward to working closely with the Federal Government towards a well-executed and smooth recommencement of international inbound travel.”
Contact: TTF Director of Corporate Affairs and Membership, Graeme Moses at email@example.com or 0434 569 470