The latest COVID restrictions announced by the Premier on Wednesday are already having an unintended impact on the hospitality and tourism sector in Newcastle and the Hunter region, according to the region’s peak business organisation, Business Hunter.
“Similar to what occurred in late 2020, a number of the regions businesses are reporting pre-emptive cancelations and deferments of school holiday accommodation and other bookings” said Business Hunter Chief Executive Officer Bob Hawes.
The reactions are not only from people in Sydney but alsointra and inter-state as the public respond to the possibility of more border closures and tighter restrictions being put in place.
“There’s no doubt these restrictions and the response of the travelling public will have an impact on business in our region, just when many are starting to emerge from this pandemic” Mr Hawes added.
“However, it is important to support the Government on the restrictions – these measures take into account the latest health advice and are needed to stop the spread of the virus so we can return to normal as quickly as possible. We all have a part to play by ensuring we comply with the restrictions and get vaccinated as soon as we can”.
“If we all do what we are asked it’s hoped these latestmeasures quickly, Mr Hawes added.”
“On the bright side, the change of plans creates opportunity for our community to think about a getaway to Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie, the world class vineyards or any of our cities and towns as well as the abundant adventure tourism we have in the region,” Mr Hawes said.
“We are blessed that we have so much within a two hour radius. We’re mad not to take advantage of it if we can.
“We also understand there are plenty of folk still yet to use their Dine and Discover vouchers and now is the time to think hard and think positively to support local businesses as they again enter a period of uncertainty.