Tourism Restart Taskforce

A Tourism Restart Taskforce has been established by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and will provide advice to industry and Government on the short, medium and long-term priorities to rebuild tourism in Australia. Tourism has hit harder than any other industry by the current COVID crisis, and with the health concerns having been largely managed, a plan for how best to restart tourism is needed.
The Taskforce will feed into the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission and the Austrade Tourism Incident Response Coordination group. Through ACCI it will feed into the Business Liaison Group in Treasury and the Department of Industry recovery group.

You can contact the taskforce via: info@australianchamber.com.au.

TASKFORCE MEMBERS

Tourism Restart Taskforce established in response to COVID-19

The Tourism Restart Taskforce was established by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry under the auspices of the Australian Chamber – Tourism in April 2020.

Aus Chamber – Tourism will also be facilitating similar discussions through the tourism committee and ensuring a valuable ideas exchange between the groups to strengthen the outcomes from both.

The members of the Taskforce are as follows:

  • Dr Jeremy Johnson AM (Chair) (Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
  • The Hon. Bruce Baird AM (Business Events Sydney, TTF)
  • Sarina Bratton AM (Ponant)
  • Geoff Donaghy (BECA, ASM Global, ICC Sydney)
  • Bob East (Tourism Australia)
  • The Hon. Martin Ferguson AM (Tourist Accommodation Australia)
  • Nikki Govan (Star of Greece)
  • Denis Pierce (Australian Tourism Export Council)
  • Graham (Skroo) Turner (Flight Centre)
  • Jacqui Walshe (The Walshe Group)
  • John Hart (Australian Chamber – Tourism)

The Taskforce will feed into the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission and the Austrade Tourism Incident Response Coordination group. Through ACCI it will feed into the Business Liaison Group in Treasury and the Department of Industry recovery group.

TASKFORCE MEETINGS

Key Issues from the taskforce’s eighteenth meeting, 7 May 2021:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s seventeeth meeting, 26 March 2021:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s sixteenth meeting, 26 February 2021:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s fifteenth meeting, 21 January 2021:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s fourteenth meeting, 20 November 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s thirteenth meeting, 19 October 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s twelfth meeting, 25 September 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s eleventh meeting, 4 September 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s tenth meeting, 19 August 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s ninth meeting, 27 July 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s eighth meeting, 3 July 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s seventh meeting, 19 June 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s sixth meeting, 5 June 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s fifth meeting, 29 May 2020: 

Key Issues from the taskforce’s fourth meeting, 22 May 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s third meeting, 15 May 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s second meeting, 8 May 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s first meeting, 1 May 2020:

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Tourism Restart Timetable Guide

*Version 3.0 updated March 2021

To help guide advocacy for a more certain timetable for tourism restart, and with input from the ACCI Tourism Policy Committee, the Tourism Restart Taskforce has proposed a timetable for tourism restart. Australian Chamber – Tourism believes that Governments have a duty to minimise both the direct COVID-19 health impacts, as well as the economic and social (including mental health) impacts of response measures. This proposed timetable seeks to contribute to achieving this balance by presenting a pathway for the recovery of Australian tourism which is important to the National economy and the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Australians, in the context of the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Restarting COVIDSafe for Tourism

The Tourism COVID Safe Guiding Principles, signed off by the Tourism Restart Taskforce in May 2020,  set out a framework for protocols that are suitable for businesses across tourism. They have also been used to craft proposals to government and health authorities to demonstrate how industry can successfully and safely restart.

Click here to view the Recommendations for change to Business Exhibitions, Meetings and Events Restrictions 

Click here to view the Proposal for change to Dining Restrictions

Click here to view the Recommendations for change to Bus and Coach Transport Restrictions

Tourism Restart Plan

The Taskforce has now released its Tourism Restart Plan. This plan provides a runway back to operations for the industries that comprise Australia’s largest services export and the creator of one in 13 jobs in the Australian economy.

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