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Issue 516 - 17 March 2020

Tourism Talk – Update on COVID-19 for the tourism & hospitality industry

We are compiling important and up-to-date information for the tourism and hospitality industry in each Tourism Talk. This is to keep you informed on developments in what is a rapidly evolving environment as the Australian and Tasmanian governments look to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Tourism Tasmania is working with its state government partners, Tasmania’s major industry groups and the four regional tourism organisations to ensure you receive the available information in one bulletin.

Support for Tasmanian businesses
 
Tasmania’s Premier, Peter Gutwein, this afternoon made a ministerial statement in State Parliament outlining what the Tasmanian Government is doing to support Tasmanians and their jobs, including what support it can provide for businesses most significantly impacted.

It includes a number of initiatives for tourism and hospitality businesses including:
  • $20 million in interest free loans over three years to tourism and hospitality businesses with a turnover of less than $5 million.
  • Waive payroll tax for the last four months of this financial year.
  • A 50 per cent discount on liquor licensing fees and application fees waived for 2020 – backdated to the start of the year.
  • $50,000 each to the TICT and THA for tourism and hospitality training and support.
  • The Government will waive tourism operator lease, license and entry fees for tourism businesses operating in the Parks network for the fourth quarter of 2019-20.
  • $2.1 million for one-off $5,000 grants for businesses that hire an apprentice or trainee.
  • A youth employment payroll tax rebate scheme for businesses employing people under the age of 24.
  • $50 million in interest free loans over 3 years to encourage local governments to upgrade, renovate and to do necessary maintenance to improve tourism assets.
Plus a range of other business support and community measures, outlined in the media release about the package.

International arrivals to Tasmania
The Australian Government has announced that all international arrivals are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Australia. This includes people having travelled internationally en route to Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Government Department of Health has issued this flyer for international arrivals into Tasmania with information on how to self-isolate.

Specific information is being developed to provide hotels with the best advice for working with guests required to self-isolate.

In the meantime, there is existing guidance available for hotels and guests. While these will be updated by the Australian Government, they can be found here: Hotel Management and Hotel Staff and Hotel Guests. There are also other resources for people in the travel, transport and hotel industries.

Tasmanian health information and useful fact sheets
The Tasmanian Government Department of Health website has information about how the situation is being monitored in Tasmania. You can also follow the Department of Health on Facebook for updates.

Hand-washing procedures
How to protect yourself against COVID-19
Information on social distancing
Self-assessment tool
Tasmanian hotlines
 
Business advice
If your business has been impacted due to the coronavirus, you are encouraged to contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 to discuss your situation and register your impact. You can also find more information here.

Events advice
The Australian Government has made announcements around mass events for more than 500 people. You can read more about that here. If you have questions about how your event is impacted, you are encouraged to contact the Events Hotline on 1300 880 634.

Australian Government’s economic response
The Australian Government has announced an economic response totalling $17.6 billion across the forward estimates to protect the economy. Additional household income and business support is also included.

The Government’s economic response targets four key areas:

• Delivering support for business investment
Cash flow assistance for employers
• Stimulus payments to households to support growth
• Assistance for severely affected regions

You can read more about the overall package here.

Other news

Qantas Group announcement
Today the Qantas Group made some announcements around reductions in its capacity, both internationally and domestically, until at least the end of May 2020. It notes that this is in response to significant falls in travel due to the coronavirus and government restrictions across multiple jurisdictions in recent days. It is not yet known what these overall cuts to capacity mean for Qantas and Jetstar’s Tasmanian routes but we are working to find out. There are currently no restrictions on domestic travel at this time.

The Qantas Group statement is available here.

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