• Tourism in Action: Daniel Gschwind (September)

    Going with the good news first: today we celebrate the UN World Tourism Day. You may not be in the mood for celebration just yet, but it does not hurt to use the occasion to reflect on some positives for our industry. The theme for the global event this year is Tourism for Inclusive Growth, a reminder of just how powerful tourism is as an agent for positive outcomes. Not just as an economic powerhouse but as a driver of social inclusion, regional employment, cultural and heritage protection, environmental sustainability and also health and wellbeing. We should be proud of how businesses, large and small, are genuinely contributing to a better world. ‘Travel for good’, a recent theme of TEQ’s efforts, is a reflection of this and can have real meaning and substance behind it. We have used the theme of World Tourism Day to launch our new Accessible Tourism module under our Quality Tourism Framework, a national program of the Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC). More details of this new program can be found below.

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  • Tourism in Action: Daniel Gschwind (August)

    It is, of course, a relief that some COVID-restrictions in Queensland are being eased, in response to the low, or zero, infection rate in our state.   However, this still offers only limited relief for tourism operators across the state, as long as most interstate visitors are locked out and fears of future restrictions keep consumers from committing to travel even within Queensland.  The situation for many businesses has further deteriorated and with the outlook for the September holidays still bleak; a growing number of operators are reaching the end of the line.

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  • Tourism and Hospitality Call for Urgent Crisis Support

    The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) has issued an urgent plea to the Commonwealth Government to extend the current eligibility of the COVID-19 Disaster Payment to employees of tourism and hospitality businesses in locations outside the locked down areas.
    QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said, “Our recent communications with operators paint a bleak picture of the current state of business and the immediate, to long term economic outlook for the sector.

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  • Tourism in Action: Daniel Gschwind (July)

    As our industry keeps getting tossed about on a sea of uncertainty caused by cyclone COVID, a distant lighthouse has appeared, guiding us to the Olympics in 2032. That is indeed good news and we are genuinely excited by the prospects ahead.

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  • FCB Article: Managing Underperforming Employees

    By Ceri Hohner, Senior Associate at FCB Workplace Law

    Managing employees is time-consuming and can distract you from running your business. When you are required to manage an employee who is consistently underperforming, this additional work can quickly transform your day from manageable to manic. Here’s a refresher on managing difficult employees in a way which reduces your risk, and helps to focus on workforce productivity.

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  • Queensland on the path to Olympic Greatness

    With the International Olympic Committee’s decision today, Queensland embarks on an exhilarating journey towards hosting the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) is ecstatic with the announcement and what it will mean for the tourism industry.

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  • Driving Change for First Nations Tourism – NAIDOC Event

    The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) held a NAIDOC Corporate Breakfast, in the Year of Indigenous Tourism, this morning which sold out with over 350 tourism and corporate leaders in attendance.

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  • Tourism in Action: Message from Daniel (June)

    This was meant to be a far more upbeat message, marking the start of the school holiday and further steps towards the recovery. Instead, the school holidays – again - come with severe COVID disruptions, reverberating from NSW throughout the country. We barely had a few days to enjoy the eased Queensland operating restrictions for hospitality venues and tourism transport operators before they were again reversed. It remains to be seen how much damage the new travel restrictions will do and what further measures may be put in place.

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  • FCB Article: Annual Wage Review 2021

    On 16 June 2021, the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) Minimum Wage Panel handed down its long-anticipated decision on the annual wage review, setting the minimum wages for the next financial year.

    After months of considering evidence and submissions from stakeholders, including employer groups, unions and the Government, the FWC has made its determination for the minimum wage across the 2021-2022 financial year. The decision ensured an increase of 2.5% to the National Minimum Wage, effective from the first full pay period after 1 July 2021, which takes it up to $772.60 per week or $20.33 per hour.

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  • Roadmap to Easing Restrictions

    Despite the ongoing uncertainty created for consumers and our industry with COVID hotspots still declared for greater Melbourne and parts of Sydney, some good news has been announced yesterday.

    The Queensland Government revealed that from Friday 25 June, some restrictions will be lifted that will make a very positive difference for tourism and hospitality businesses. The full details can be found here.

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