Visitor economy gets two week head start

Following the release of the NSW Government’s three phases to reopen, Business NSW Central Coast has welcomed the announcement that travel to the Central Coast will be allowed two weeks earlier than other regions.

“Once the State reaches the 70 per cent double dose vaccination rate (on October 11), the Central Coast will be #BacktoBusiness and won’t have to wait for a visitor economy reboot like other regions,” Regional Director, Paula Martin, said.

“This is the day we have been eagerly waiting for and businesses are already telling me that they are getting enquiries and bookings for accommodation and experiences post October 11.

“Our visitor economy has been on its knees with operators in tourism, retail and accommodation having their doors closed for 97 days.

“Sydney is our primary market for visitation and tourism and businesses have felt the absence of these visitors.

“It’s impacted jobs and we are clearly seeing the overall effects of job displacement across the region with over 16,000 locals recorded on Jobseeker in August.

“Reopening with a two-week head start means that business can plan for their staffing needs, order product and prepare their COVID safe plans and procedures for when the visitor economy fires up again.

“We have 536,000 Dine and Discover vouchers yet to be used.

“This means we can inject $13M into our economy straight away.

“Let’s get behind #BacktoBusiness Day and support our local business to welcome back customers.

“It’s an important step for the business recovery across the Central Coast as the region looks to bounce back as quickly as possible from the ravages of the pandemic.”

Media release, Sep 29
Business NSW Central Coast

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