• Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC)
  • fb_icon
  • li_icon
  • tw_icon
  • yt_icon

Four-in-five regional tourism businesses do not support the continuation of grand final eve public holiday

06 /11/ 2015 Comments are Closed

Seventy nine per cent of tourism businesses in regional Victoria do not support the grand final eve public holiday continuing in 2016, according to a survey conducted by the Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC).

“Regional tourism businesses throughout Victoria are sending the Andrews Government a clear message that this holiday must be retracted,” said VTIC Acting Chief Executive Erin Joyce.

“The majority of tourism operators are small, family-run businesses under significant cost pressures already. They have been hit hard by the additional expense of this public holiday.”

Ms Joyce’s comments came as VTIC released the findings of its survey on the impact of the grand final eve public holiday on regional businesses.

The survey, which received over 120 responses from regional operators, shows the holiday put significant cost pressures on business, with over half (55 per cent) of respondents reporting that they recorded a loss for the day. Twenty three per cent of respondents reported that they did not open on the day at all.

Seventy one per cent of respondents who operated on the grand final eve public holiday were forced to cancel the shifts of regular staff and work themselves, or with family members, in order to keep costs down.

In addition, 69 per cent of respondents said that the holiday did not benefit their region.

“We are regularly told by operators that the holiday is a terrible idea and these results are further evidence that the vast majority of businesses did not benefit overall from the holiday. Businesses that experienced an increase in revenue still suffered from a higher wages bill, with only one-in-three businesses making a profit on the day,” said Ms Joyce.

“On behalf of tourism businesses throughout Victoria we will continue to campaign to see that this holiday is not repeated in years to come.”

VTIC

About the Author

VTIC

The peak body for Victoria's tourism and events industry, VTIC represents key industry associations and operators, with over 1400 members.

Media Manager:

Media enquiries: media@victorianchamber.com.au,

Anne Wright, Media and Communications Manager, (03) 8662 5310 / 0423 883 945

Ellana Katos, Social Media and Communications Advisor, (03) 8662 5205 / 0400 976 889

Events

may

31may9:00 am5:00 pmDestination Melbourne presents: Melbourne LIVE9:00 am - 5:00 pm Arts Centre Melbourne - The Pavilion

june

06jun6:00 pm8:00 pmVTIC 2018 Mixer Series - June Tourism Networking EventConnect and reconnect at our monthly mixers6:00 pm - 8:00 pm SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

08jun12:00 pm2:30 pmVictorian Chamber presents: The Hon Julie Bishop MP12:00 pm - 2:30 pm Melbourne CBD

13jun5:30 pm8:00 pmVictorian Chamber presents: Fast Forward Speed Networking5:30 pm - 8:00 pm RACV City Club

14jun9:00 am10:30 amVictorian Chamber presents: Workplace update - are your casuals really casual?9:00 am - 10:30 am Best Western Hovell Tree Inn

july

04jul6:00 pm8:00 pmVTIC 2018 Mixer Series - July Tourism Networking EventConnect and reconnect at our monthly mixers6:00 pm - 8:00 pm SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

20jul9:00 am11:00 amVictorian Chamber presents: ignite+VU9:00 am - 11:00 am MCG

30jul(jul 30)8:00 am31(jul 31)3:30 pmVictorian Tourism Conference 201830-31 July, Cape Schanck8:00 am - 3:30 pm (31) RACV Cape Schanck Resort

august

15aug6:00 pm8:00 pmYoung Tourism Network presents: Grow and Glow6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Victoria University

october

16oct6:30 pm8:00 pmYoung Tourism Network presents: Emotional Intelligence with Mel Neil6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Victoria University

X