Queensland offers cash bonuses to attract tourist workers


Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia

All those who dreamed of abandoning their usual 9-5 in favor of working at an idyllic vacation destination are given a special reason to jack it all.

Queensland, home of the Great Barrier Reef, has provided A $ 1,500 (£ 1,163 and £ 823) to support travel to work in the Australian state’s tourism sector.

Border restrictions have emptied the thousands of roles normally played by foreign backpackers.

Many companies are having a hard time.

Prior to Covid’s hit, tourism was worth about A $ 22 billion to Queensland. It plummeted after border restrictions came into force in March 2020. Since then, only citizens, permanent residents, and exempted people have been allowed to enter the state-and only if they have completed 14 days of hotel quarantine on arrival at their own expense.

But as the country begins to open up and Australians begin looking for vacations at home, Queensland is trying to attract domestic visitors.

However, due to the shortage of staff, many people are having a hard time responding even if the number of people decreases. According to the news agency AFP, the “need help” sign is a common sight in tourist destinations.

CEO of Tourism Port Douglas Tara Bennett told ABC News in Australia Some restaurants were only open 80% of the time.

“We rely on vacationers who work every year to supplement our work, and they’re just not in Australia right now,” she said.

So this latest scheme is aimed at Australians. According to Queensland Prime Minister Anastasia Parashek, this money (part of the A $ 7.5 million package to attract more workers) will be used by people across the country who are willing to take on jobs in the Queensland region. Is available.

Qualified individuals also have a travel bonus of A $ 250. This scheme is intended for jobs such as tour guides, bartenders and working in the kitchen.

It will run for one year starting May 20th, but interested people can only apply for six months.

This is not the first time Queensland has devised an ingenious way to support the tourism industry.

In 2009, when the number of visitors decreased due to the collapse of the world economy, Find a “caretaker” on Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier ReefComes with a salary of A $ 150,000.

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