Despite the continued uncertainty, we are sticking with the good news of the imminent state border opening on 17 December. Omicron may throw another twist into the COVID story but we have known for some time that with new variants or not, we will have to ‘live with it’. That will also mean to build up some immunity to the panicked reactions of media to any global news and we have to support measured and calm local policy responses. Queensland is in a very good position to stay on the recovery track – the tourism industry as well as the community needs to rebuild.
This state of origin contest matters more than any other.
For a state so obsessively focused on coming out on top of NSW and other states when it comes to sporting contests, we should transfer that fighting spirit to matching it with the rest of Australia when it comes to COVID vaccination rates. Disappointingly, Queensland is not making the grade at the moment, lagging behind almost at the bottom of the table. Finally, the state government has given us what we had been calling for months: a roadmap out of isolation and towards a more sustainable tourism future. We will continue to work with the federal and state governments to map out the necessary operational details of getting our industry and your businesses going again.
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.
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.