Transport and Tourism Forum CEO Margy Osmond says the impact border closures are having on tourism and aviation could get a lot worse if there is no “certainty put into the system”.
It comes amid news tourism spending over the holiday break will almost halve as a result of border restrictions imposed by states on NSW in response to the Northern Beaches COVID-19 outbreak.
It is expected Australians will spend almost $3 billion less than the annual average of around $5.5 billion after plans had to be cancelled due to border closures.
“The worst thing for all of us is a complete lack of confidence in the travelling public,” Ms Osmond told Sky News host Catherine McGregor.
“We need to re-establish that confidence, or this is going to go on and on and we’ll be lucky to have a tourism industry in 12 months’ time.”