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New support for tourism and hospitality businesses struggling against COVID-19

15 September 2021

Queensland tourism and hospitality businesses whose trade has plummeted because of COVID are being offered grants of up to $50,000 to help them stay afloat.

The new $40 million Tourism and Hospitality Sector Hardship Program is part of a $600 million COVID-19 Business Support Package jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian Governments.

It is designed to help struggling tourism and hospitality operators retain skills and stay in business during the current interstate lockdowns.

The one-off grants are for employing businesses anywhere in Queensland that are still operating, and whose turnover has dropped by at least 70 per cent for seven consecutive days between 1 July and 30 September 2021 compared to previous years.  

There are three levels of support for small, medium and large businesses, ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 depending on payroll size.

Eligible business include: aquariums, zoos and wildlife parks, theme parks and water parks, tour operators and travel agents, and cafes, restaurants and accommodation providers.

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