Job restructuring in Cairns as Experience Co looks to cut costs

Experience Co has announced staff cuts in Cairns in an effort to stem the losses from last year.

Former Tourism Australia boss and now CEO of Experience Co, John O’Sullivan, headed the review, saying the job losses were related to streamlining the business and not a reaction to the coronavirus outbreak.

“The net reduction in our workforce will be two positions,” he told the Cairns Post.

“We did inform our staff yesterday up in North Queensland of some changes to the structures of some locations and positions.”

According to the report, some staff have been made redundant and asked to reapply for new positions.

O’Sullivan said that the company had adjusted schedules across its Big Cat Green Island Reef Tours vessels following the sudden drop in Chinese visitors, saying it was “prudently managing capacity”.

“We’re not alone on that – I know that Quicksilver and other operators are doing the same,” he told the Cairns Post.

“It’s part of us preserving the long-term viability of the business.”