South Australia’s tourism industry commends the Federal Government’s announcement to extend JobKeeper to 28 March 2021.

The Tourism Industry Council South Australia (TiCSA) Chief Executive Officer, Shaun de Bruyn said the extension of this program will save thousands of local jobs and many businesses.

“JobKeeper has been critical to the survival of many struggling tourism businesses during this extremely challenging period, enabling them to main core operations and retain key staff. Without this financial support, the current state of our tourism industry would be far worse,” he said.

TiCSA together with the national TICs have been actively advocating for the Federal Government to extend the JobKeeper program for six months, with 10,000 people signing an online petition to support this call to action.

“Our tourism industry is still vulnerable and needs considerably more time to recover, especially with the absence of international visitors and travellers from Victoria and NSW, which are our two key interstate markets,” said Mr de Bruyn.

Industry research commissioned by TiCSA reported that of the 300 businesses that took part, 52 percent would be forced to stand down or make more staff redundant if JobKeeper was not extended.

“The tourism industry will realistically take years to recover and we must now do everything possible to protect and grow jobs for future prosperity. Today’s announcement will certainly help to achieve this outcome.”

South Australia’s tourism industry is currently worth $7.8 billion.

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Photo: Henschke, South Australian Tourism Commission