On talkin Travel Dave chats with Dean Long CEO of the Australian Accommodation Association on Covid 19 and the slow recovery for the sector.
He explains that as restrictions on travel and gatherings will continue to ease, the peak industry body for Australia’s hotels, motels and accommodation providers has flagged the need for Government to work with the sector to ensure the sector is ready to meet demand.
The sector is heavily reliant on JobKeeper and is calling for it to be extended to at least March 2021 in order to keep jobs and businesses alive in Australia’s accommodation sector, a critical part of the Australian tourism industry.
- More than 88,000 people are employed full-time in Australian hotels, motels and caravan parks, across metropolitan, regional and rural Australia. Accommodation providers in regional and rural Australia have been especially hard hit.
- The sector has been severely impacted by COVID-19 with revenue down a massive 85% ($3.6Bn) in just 3 months.
- Even when restrictions on travel and gathering ease, there will be a significant time lag in recovery of at least 6-12 months.
- If JobKeeper is not extended beyond September, an extra 23,000 Australians currently employed in the accommodation sector will lose their jobs. This will hit those communities most reliant on tourism the hardest but it will be felt right across every Australian town, city and region. Anywhere there’s a Caravan Park, Serviced Apartment, Motel, Resort or Hotel will be hit.
- 56,000 Australians are employed in the sector.