Tourism industry losing workers to mines
The Queensland Tourism Industry Council is making a plea to the federal government not to be sidelined by the mining boom.
The council’s Daniel Gschwind will meet with the Federal Tourism Minister, Martin Ferguson at a forum in Brisbane today, along with members of the mining industry.
“We employ more than twice as many people in the tourism and hospitality industries than the resource sector does now in even difficult times for the tourism industry and that employment and that regional and local economic benefit from the tourism industry continues to flow,” Mr Gschwind told ABC News.
Mr Gschwind says workers are leaving for better paying jobs in the mines.
“That’s from masters of ships who may have driven tourism boats before and now drive boats that supply and support the resources sector,” he said.
“We lose coach drivers, we lose hospitality staff and that is an issue we need to address.”