With a few positive steps towards a return to business for our industry, we continue to advocate on multiple fronts. Easing of border restrictions and operational restrictions remain a priority. The opening of the Queensland border to the ACT and Northern NSW is an encouraging step and will hopefully guide us towards a responsible opening for all of NSW. With excellent health outcomes in Queensland, limits on some aspects of tourism operations have also been eased, including for outdoor events.
While there are still many restrictions in place, the latest steps will allow more businesses to operate with greater viability. The state-of-play in our industry meanwhile is a story of mixed fortunes. Some of our members, especially in the South East Corner and the Outback are reporting strong activity, while others are still suffering. Not just international visitors are missing, but corporate travel has all but disappeared, as have most of the interstate markets. Not all business can easily ‘pivot’ to the intrastate market.