JobKeeper extension is vital
WHILE other Australian businesses are reopening after the COVID-19 lockdowns, the travel industry still faces a difficult path ahead.
Agents in particular are suffering greater uncertainty than other businesses and need a vital extension of Govt assistance.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has been in close contact with the Australian Government throughout this crisis, and this week provided a submission to Treasury outlining the economic importance of the cruise industry and reasons why the JobKeeper scheme must be extended for travel agents and the wider travel industry.
Economic analysis commissioned by CLIA has shown the suspension of cruise operations in Australia has already resulted in an economic loss of almost $500 million to the end of May, which without JobKeeper would have cost almost 1,700 jobs.
If the cruise suspension continues beyond its current date of 17 Sep and into the summer peak, the loss is forecast to climb a further $3.8 billion and place another 13,000 jobs at risk.
Despite perceptions that cruise lines come from overseas, our industry has a very big and longstanding presence in Australia, supporting workers from travel agencies to food and wine suppliers.
We continue to lobby Canberra to ensure the significance of the cruise community is understood, and supported through this crisis.