The Gold Coast Bulletin

25k cruise jobs on hold after Budget bombshell


CRUISE chiefs have been dealt a “devastatin­g blow” with the federal budget placing 25,000 jobs in limbo as airlines gear towards a gradual return to internatio­nal destinatio­ns.

The Budget papers revealed internatio­nal travel was “expected to remain low through to mid-2022” although some “safe travel zones” may reopen.

The news has blindsided Australia’s peak cruising body, which says thousands will be out of work for up to a year more.

Under the Biosecurit­y Act, no cruise ships capable of carrying more than 100 passengers can operate in Australia until June 17, when internatio­nal borders were due to reopen. This order has meant there can be no cruising interstate, where borders are open, or within the trans-tasman bubble.

Cruise Lines Internatio­nal Associatio­n (CLIA) chief Joel Klatz says he expects the order to be extended, which will be “devastatin­g” for the industry’s workers. “Many thousands of travel agents and other Australian businesses, who no longer have JobKeeper support, have been effectivel­y cut off from their livelihood­s.”

It’s estimated 18,000 of the 25,000 full-time positions impacted by the internatio­nal travel ban on cruise lines are within Australia.

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