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Survey finds WA tourism business activity down by up to 73 per cent amid coronavirus pandemic

Despite a busy July school holidays, a Tourism Council survey has painted a bleak picture of Western Australia‘s tourism sector. Key points: West Australians are flocking to the South West [...] read more...

August 6th, 2020 No Comments

New tourism blow for Far North Queensland as Sydney declared coronavirus hotspot

Far North Queensland’s tourism-driven economy has been dealt another blow, with all of metropolitan Sydney being declared a coronavirus hotspot. Key points: Queensland closed its border to the greater Sydney [...] read more...

August 6th, 2020 No Comments

Surf Camp rolls with the punches

Guy Olbourne of Surf Camp Australia in Gerroa is relieved the Federal Government has extended its JobKeeper scheme, albeit with some format changes. “It will enable us to keep jobs [...] read more...

Fears of a ‘labour crisis’ as number of backpackers working in Australia plummets

There are warnings a sharp drop off in working holiday visa makers will have severe consequences for Australia’s agriculture and tourism industries. Australia’s tourism and farming sectors will be severely [...] read more...

Backpacker tax not discriminatory, court says, denying 75,000 working holiday-makers ATO money

In a win for the Australian Tax Office (ATO), a full bench of the Federal Court has ruled the Government’s controversial backpacker tax is not discriminatory. Key points: The Federal [...] read more...

Farmers fear worker shortage due to COVID-19 restrictions despite rising unemployment

The Federal Government says short-term farm work is impractical for unemployed Australians, so it is seeking international solutions amid COVID-19 travel restrictions. Key points: Farmers warned of severe labour shortages [...] read more...

Tourism operators in SA’s outback face bleak 2020 despite post-COVID-19 uptick

A small bump in the number of people visiting the South Australian outback has given publicans and tourism operators a brief respite, but they’re facing a difficult battle in the [...] read more...

Backpackers in Tasmania look to the mainland, waiting for COVID-19 pandemic restrictions to ease

When backpacker Alberto Villa moved to Tasmania in January, he didn’t expect his working holiday in the state would last until winter. Key points: Backpackers are staying in Tasmania far [...] read more...