We know the hospitality industry was one of the hardest hit during COVID-19, which is why the Tasmanian Liberal Government provided much needed support to the 22,000 Tasmanians employed in the sector.
A re-elected majority Gutwein Liberal Government will add to this support with an $8 million Hospitality package over four years to ensure our world class industry continues to grow and provide outstanding visitor experiences.
As one of the state’s largest employers it is important that the industry and the Government have a shared vision for its future. To this end, a re-elected majority Liberal government will work with the Tasmanian Hospitality Association (THA) to develop Hospitality 2030, a long-term plan to maintain its world-leading standards, grow the industry and create jobs. Our Government will invest $2.25 million over three years in this important collaborative program.
The package also includes special programs to promote skills development, leadership roles for women, and to deliver mental health support to operators and staff affected by the pandemic, as well as preventive health and wellbeing initiatives which support a healthy hospitality workforce. Over the next two years $600,000 will be provided to the THA to help and support impacted operators and staff.
With more and more women taking leadership roles in the industry, a re-elected majority Gutwein Liberal Government will commit $600,000 to a special program including mentoring and coaching support. We will work with the THA and industry members to develop the program, which will include scholarships and leadership training.
There is also $1 million to establish a Regional Hospitality Revival Fund which will provide small grants of up to $1,500 to pubs, restaurants and cafes outside Hobart and Launceston to support visitation in regional Tasmania.
$2.4 million will be provided over three years to continue the highly successful Great Customer Experience (GCE) program. Since its establishment, more than 1,800 businesses have been involved with the scheme and more than 2,400 staff have accessed skills development and training. During COVID, GCE contractors had more than 7,000 direct engagements with businesses around the State, supporting them with information and advice.
Tasmania’s RSLs, and our sporting and social clubs are the backbone of our local communities. To support them as we emerge from the pandemic we will invest $1.15 million over the next four years to provide the guidance and support they need to have a secure future.