Cruise Weekly - - News - with Joel Katz MD, CLIA Aus­trala­sia

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.

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