Border closures devastating for tourism industry

Callam Pickering, economist at global jobs site Indeed, has published interesting data showing the devastating impact state border closures are having on the local tourism industry.

Using ABS data, Pickering shows that tourism-related employment is still down 9.3% from December 2019, with the decline in jobs much larger across key areas such as accommodation:

Tourism jobs

According to Pickering, “the three biggest components of tourism-related jobs is cafes & restaurants (31% jobs share), retail (17%) and accommodation (11.2%). So about 60% of tourism-related jobs are in three industries”.

Yesterday, Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind called for the state’s border to reopen when 80% of its residents are fully vaccinated. This came after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk flagged a 90% target for reopening:

“We support high vaccination rates, clearly we encourage business, we encourage all the people who work in our industry to get vaccinated, it’s what we must do,” Mr Gschwind told Sky News Australia.

“Our industry has been very proactive in doing everything we can to provide safe places for our staff, but also safe places for our visitors and we will continue to do that.”

He said, however, ultimately the state needs to open up.

“We need the freedom of movement ultimately to bring families back together, to bring the industry and the community back to life, and that’s what we’re working towards”…

The Queensland Government’s 90% vaccination target is going to be very difficult to achieve given there is likely to be a significant share of people that refuse to get the jab:

Heck, even the UK has failed to manage that, with only 82% of the 16+ population fully vaccinated.

Unconventional Economist

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