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COVID Update – Roadmap until 4pm Sunday, 22 August

The Queensland Government has released a new roadmap outlining restrictions for South East Queensland that will remain in place until 4pm Sunday, 22 August. Restrictions include:

- Mask wearing at all times (including workplaces) except when eating or drinking, or exercising with your household or one other person
- Indoor venues – 1 person per 4m2 or 50 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating
- Smaller venues up to 200m2 – 1 person per 2m2, up to a maximum of 50
- Outdoor venues – 1 person per 2m2
-Eating and drinking must be seated

Additionally, residents of the 11 LGAs of South East Queensland have been strongly advised to reconsider travel to regional Queensland (ie. outside of the South East Queensland region) at this time. A comprehensive Q&A on the current restrictions can be found on
Queensland Health’s website here.

If you need help understanding what the Public Health Directions mean for your business, you can contact the Tourism Response Team, phone 134 268 or email or get in touch with VSC Industry & Membership Development Manager Andrew Fairbairn at 0427 562 100 or
New funding announced for tourism and hospitality businesses

The Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport has distributed a comprehensive newsletter outlining the financial support available for tourism businesses, as well as a one-page summary of all the Government Grants available for the tourism industry here. VSC has summarised support available in previous newsletters, which can be accessed on our corporate website here.

NEW - $47.75m tourism and hospitality support package
In addition, The State Government announced yesterday a $47.75 million Tourism and Hospitality Sector COVID-19 Lockdown Support Package to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns in Queensland and other states. The support package includes:

- a six-month deferral of payroll tax payments for eligible tourism and hospitality businesses
- waiving, refunding or deferring a range of fees and charges for eligible tourism and hospitality businesses, including 12-month fee waivers for tourism businesses operating in a national park, conservation park, recreation area or state forest, including whale watching operations
- liquor licensing fee waivers and refunds
- 12-month deferral of state lease fees for eligible tourism operators for the period between 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022
- 12-month fee waivers or refunds of inbound tour operator fees. This support is available for fee renewals up to 30 June 2022
- a second round of the COVID-19 Marine Tourism Rebate in for the 2021-22 financial year to offset berthing fees for marine tourism vessels at privately owned or privately operated marinas in eligible Local Government Areas

Full details available here.

NEW - $20m COVID-19 cleaning rebate
The Queensland COVID-19 cleaning rebate supports small and medium businesses and not-for-profit organisations that have been listed as an exposure site by Queensland Health. It will help cover professional cleaning expenses by providing a rebate of up to 80% of cleaning costs, capped at $10,000 (excluding GST) per incident, where a business is identified as a COVID-19 exposure site by Queensland Health.

Co-op Opportunity! Get involved in our campaign from $250 + GST

We are aligning our Immerse Yourself, For Real marketing activity with Tourism and Events Queensland’s new campaign – Days Like This – and are calling on members to get involved with a number of co-operative opportunities to leverage our activity and drive visitors direct to your business. The money you invest will be matched dollar-for-dollar by VSC, and package prices start from $250 + GST. Packages include:

- Newscorp Deals Program – $917 +GST
- TEQ * VSC Featured Deals - $500 + GST
- Social Media Retargeting - $250 + GST

Access the co-op prospectus here. Co-op spaces are limited and will operator on a first in first served basis, if you have questions about the co-operative opportunity, please email
Save the date! Networking nights return this month

It’s fair to say we could all do with a bit of fun, so we’re pleased to announce that we will be returning with a free networking night this month! The event will be held at The Banana Bender Pub on Wednesday, 25 August, and will start with a Strategic Direction Townhall session from 4:30pm. This session is an opportunity to provide feedback that will help guide VSC’s strategic planning and leadership of the Sunshine Coast tourism industry moving forward. This will be followed by networking with a drink on arrival and canapes served throughout the evening. Aussie World are even throwing open the doors after hours to let those who are game enough try their new ride, the SX 360.

VSC members have access to two free tickets per member,
get your free tickets here.

Share your business news for free with members and local travellers

Right now it’s important we support one another and encourage those who can to support Sunshine Coast businesses. We are going to send out two special edition newsletters, one business-to-business and one business-to-consumer, providing members with a free opportunity to share their latest business news and updates. These could include new product offerings, menus, upcoming events, or good news stories (such as staying connected with your audience through virtual travel online).  To submit your content for consideration in either newsletter, please click here.

VSC and tourism news in brief

How to submit content for our social media channels
Looking to share your content across VSC’s social media channels? Please
submit your requests for consideration using this form. Requests for content could include any upcoming events, news or information.

VSC Marketing update
We are ensuring the Sunshine Coast remains front of mind for travellers across South East Queensland with a targeted campaign across the region. While there are currently restrictions on travel, the inspirational content drives visitors to to start planning their Sunshine Coast escape for when the time is right. Marketing activity in our interstate markets has currently been paused due to travel restrictions.

VSC attends virtual trade show
VSC’s Business Events team recently exhibited at
ACE21 Reimagined, a virtual conference that brought together close to 300 delegates from across Australia and New Zealand. The Sunshine Coast was highlighted as a leading destination for business events and incentive travel, which both play an important part in bringing visitors to the region during off-peak periods.

Wellbeing support for tourism business
Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has partnered with Beyond Blue to support the wellbeing of tourism businesses. The series of tutorials will be held over three consecutive weeks beginning on Thursday 12 August at 11am with the first session focused on small business owners and mental health, current pressures and the ‘NewAccess for Small Business Owners’ program developed by Beyond Blue.
Register here.
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