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Australian holidaymakers pay through the roof for accommodation as staff shortages bite

Australian holidaymakers pay through the roof for accommodation as staff shortages bite


Australian holidaymakers pay through the roof for accommodation as staff shortages bite

Holidaymakers in Australia are being warned they will pay more for accomodation as prices soar amid high demand, while crippling staff shortages are forcing some hoteliers to cap visitor numbers.

In recent weeks massive demand on travel has seen long delays at domestic airports and previously neglected destinations, such as outback South Australia, increasing in popularity.

The CEO of Tourism Accommodation Australia, Michael Johnson, said the surge in accommodation bookings had come at a time when the industry was still struggling to find staff.

Johnson said the staff shortages were forcing many hotels to work at 70% to 80% capacity, with current staff already overburdened and stretched to the limit.

He said during the recent Vivid festival in Sydney, many accomodation providers had complained about their inability to capitalise on the increased demand and make back some of the crucial revenue lost over the past two years of lockdowns.

Johnson believes the situation will get better with time and said the industry expected a large influx of students and working holidaymakers to arrive in the country in the next few months.

He said the industry was also looking for new ways of attracting local staff and better utilising the existing labour force, but was calling on the government to help support these initiatives.

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