Tourism industry advisory board to help in post Covid-19 recovery

Jeremy Johnson will head the new tourism advisory taskforce.

A new advisory board has been set up as part of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s tourism division to provide guidance to industry and government on the priorities for the tourism sector’s post Covid-19 recovery.

Jeremy Johnson, the immediate past president of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and former CEO of Sovereign Hill, will head the newly formed ‘Tourism Restart Taskforce’ as chair.

“Tourism Australia, working with the state tourism bodies and the visitor economy sector, will create the demand for visitation as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis,” he said.

“The taskforce will focus on the structure to ensure all tourism businesses can deliver on that promise.”

Other members of the taskforce include:

Bob East (Experience Co, Tourism Australia)

Martin Ferguson (Tourist Accommodation Australia)

Geoff Donaghy (ICC Sydney)

Graham Turner (Flight Centre)

Denis Pierce (Australian Tourism Export Council)

Sarina Bratton (Ponant)

Nikki Govan (Business SA)

Bruce Baird (Business Events Sydney)

Jacqui Walshe (The Walshe Group)

John Hart (Australian Chamber – Tourism).

“The exceptional group of tourism leaders assembled in this taskforce will give Australian tourism the best chance of positioning itself for long-term growth after the restart period,” Johnson said.

Walshe said all businesses in the tourism economy are struggling with the scale of the Covid-19 impact.

“Many of our tourism businesses are genuinely worried about the survival of their organisation and the potential long-term damage to the whole sector,” she said.

“This taskforce brings together many of our key industry bodies, and is an opportunity for cooperation and collaboration in finding the right solutions for all of us to ensure tourism is able to recover its ability to make a genuine and significant contribution to the Australian economy.”