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Tourism sector funding call

Tourism general

Some in the industry don't believe international tourism will resume until at least the end of next year, as calls are made to extend the JobKeeper payments to workers in the sector.

Thousands of positions across aviation, accommodation and tourist attractions have been lost as a result of Covid-19.

There's now a push for the extra JobKeeper money to be put towards the tourism industry to support it during the recovery.

Robert Pennicott, owner of Tasmania's Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, says any extra money is welcome.

"I don't think it will be helpful to see JobKeeper just stop in September, I think whether you call it JobKeeper or another thing, to use extra money to support those places that need a bit of extra support is a good idea."

He says international travel is a long way off.

"We won't see if we were lucky, the end of next year, but it's quite likely to be even the following year before we see international operations again."

While he hasn't been able to operate at the moment due to the restrictions, he hopes some regulation easing will see the company back up and running sooner rather than later.

"We're hoping there will be some alternative arrangement that might be temperature checks, might be masks worn, for us open air, cleaning a lot better than we do now," he said.