It will take ‘years’ for tourism industry to get back to pre-COVID conditions

Tourism and Transport Forum CEO Margy Osmond says it is going to take years to get the tourism industry back to pre-COVID.

“One of the major problems associated with this, and I wish I could be more cheerful, but the problem is we have lost so many expert workers, over 600,000 since the beginning of the pandemic,” Ms Osmond told Sky News Australia.

“And that means we’ve lost a generation of expertise in terms of how to look after visitors, how to run resorts, how to run experiences, and goodness knows what else.

“If the government, at either state or federal level, wants to have a tourism industry that is viable and can deliver the kind of benefits that they’ve seen in the past, we’re going to need some kind of support for the next six months.”