Tourism and Hospitality Sector Hardship Program was introduced by The Queensland Government. The purpose of the program is to assist Queensland businesses in the industries of hospitality and tourism that have experienced a huge loss of trade due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Applications opened on Monday 11th October 2021 and will close on Monday 22nd November 2021.

The Queensland Government’s support program also aims to bolster businesses so that they are well prepared to cater for an influx of interstate and international tourists when the borders eventually reopen.

The $110 million hardship program will offer grants to businesses that are eligible in the hospitality and tourism industries, including; major tourism attractions and experiences that have experienced major financial hardship during the covid-19 pandemic as a result of lockdowns and travel restrictions.

The program will consist of two different types of grants.

The first grant will be the “Tourism and Hospitality Sector Hardship Grant”. This grant will be available for small, medium and large sized Queensland tourism and hospitality businesses.

The second grant available is the “Major Tourism Experience Hardship Grant” for Queensland’s major tourism businesses.

Important Information About “The Tourism and Hospitality Sector Hardship Grant”

This grant will provide up to $100,000 for eligible operators within the industries of tourism and hospitality who have been subjected to major financial hardship during the covid-19 pandemic.  

For a business to be eligible they have a turnover of at least $75,000 and employ at least 1 employee within their Queensland operations.

Eligible businesses must have also experienced a decline of at least 70 percent in turnover for their Queensland operations over a period of 7 consecutive days between 1st July 2021 and 30th September 2021 when compared to the same period in either 2018-19, 2019-20 or 2021-22.

Eligible businesses must have also experienced a significant impact as a result of covid-19 enforced travel restrictions and interstate lockdowns.

Applications who are successful in receiving their first payment can submit their eligibility confirmation for their second payment between Monday 11th November and Monday 6th December.

Applications opened on Monday 11th October 2021 and will close on Monday 22nd November 2021.

Important Information About “The Major Tourism Experiences Hardship Grant”

The Major Tourism Experiences Hardship Grant will provide grants of up to $4 million to Queensland’s eligible major tourism attractions and experiences who have a turnover for their Queensland located operations of $25 million or more and have consequently experienced significant financial hardship due to the covid-19 pandemic.

It is important for the Queensland Government to provide funding to support these major tourism attractions and experiences as they play a pivotal role in enticing travelers from both interstate and overseas to visit Queensland for a holiday. These major tourism attractions and experiences also offer plenty of employment opportunities for a large number of Queensland residents.

The program will also enable eligible major tourism businesses an opportunity to support Queensland’s economy recovery, remain operating, retain staff and be prepared for the re-opening of the Queensland borders. 

Major tourism businesses that receive funding under the Major Tourism Experiences Hardship Grant will be ineligible to receive funding under the Tourism and Hospitality Sector Hardship Grant and vice versa.

To be eligible the application must have a turnover of at least $25 million during the 2018-19, 2019-20 or 2020-21 financial year.

For new businesses who are applying such as businesses that have been operating for a period of less than 12 months, their financial records must illustrate that they have an annual turnover of their Queensland bases entities operation of at least 25 million during the 2021-22 financial year.  

Applicants must have experienced a decrease in annual turnover in relation to their Queensland based operations of at 50 percent or more between 1st July 2021 and 30th September 2021 compared against the comparison period.

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