Sumary of The whales are coming but will the tourism industry survive?:
- As thousands of whales, mostly humpbacks, begin their long migration up Australia’s east coast, Mid North tour operators like the Heeneys are desperate to bounce back..
- Port Jet’s Anthony Heeney was worried about his business’ future when it was forced to close its doors.( ) But he said the Port Macquarie business, which had five employees on JobKeeper, found a way to keep busy during its lean period..
- Hopes of spotting Migaloo, the ‘rock star’ Mr Heeney, like many in the whale spotting and boat tourism business is hoping for a bumper season, including keeping an eye out for beloved white humpback Migaloo..
- Voucher program helping Mr Heeney credited the NSW government’s Dine and Discover scheme with providing some support in lieu of international tourists..
- The voucher scheme was due to end in June, but with only $185 million spent of the $500 million on offer, it has been extended until the end of July..
- More than 4 million people have downloaded the vouchers in New South Wales but less than half have been redeemed…