The tourism industry is left grappling with the announcement by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to close the Queensland border to NSW and ACT, in addition to Victoria.
The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind voiced his concerns for the future of the tourism industry in these uncertain times.
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) has launched an inquiry to investigate the practices of the insurance industry that impact small businesses and consider whether small business insurance products are fit for purpose.
We’ve been hearing from an increasing number of members recently about a growing trend of insurance companies denying businesses insurance completely or pricing insurance policies out of reach. QTIC has raised this as an urgent issue in relevant state and federal forums, including with federal members of Parliament . The inquiry announced now will look specifically at addressing these various concerns. While this inquiry is focused on the small business sector, we are quite aware that the problem is affecting all businesses and we will continue to pursue the issue at all levels.
The next generation of tourism leaders are stepping up to the plate by nearing completion of the QTIC Young Professionals Mentoring Program.
This year has had the biggest intake yet with 45 young professionals being matched with experienced tourism industry leaders from across the state.
QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said the future of tourism depended on the passion, commitment and skills of young tourism professionals.
The previous State 2 easing of restrictions and the Tourism and Accommodation Industry COVID-safe Business Plan, provided tourism transport operators with significant limitations on their ability to operate coaches and marine vessels in a viable manner. The generally prescribed social distancing rules could not be implemented in any practical way and were also inconsistent with other business settings.