Coronavirus: Queenstown tourism firm going through vital redundancies


Queenstown-based tourism chief Wayfare Group is planning vital redundancies throughout its portfolio.

Firms together with Actual Journeys, Go Orange, and the Worldwide Antarctic Centre might be affected, appearing chief government Ian Jackson stated.

Ski fields Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone had been exempt from the adjustments, he stated.

The corporate isn’t working nearly all of its excursions together with the Earnslaw, white water rafting and jet boating in Queenstown, glow worm caves in Te Anau and Fiordland bus and boat journeys.

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Session on restructuring plans had already began with employees following the “unprecedented affect” of Covid-19 on the tourism trade, Jackson stated.

“We should be pragmatic and realign our tourism companies to match a very completely different industrial setting.”

The corporate declined to present particular numbers of employees affected forward of the brand new buildings being finalised by mid-June.

The TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown.


The TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown.

It has collected $3.eight million for 551 employees from the Authorities wage subsidy, which purchased it time to take a thought of strategy, Jackson stated

“Nevertheless, it doesn’t alter the indisputable fact that there might be a a lot smaller tourism market for the foreseeable future.” 

Some individuals can be redeployed from the tourism companies to the ski enterprise, he stated. 

“We even have a small variety of mounted time period redeployment alternatives into our engineering division to help our upkeep schedule.”

 Queenstown has been hit onerous with redundancies within the tourism sector.

Ngai Tahu has closed its Shotover Jet operation and different tourism corporations with the lack of 300 jobs.

Skyline Enterprises, which operates gondolas in Queenstown and Rotorua, casinos in Dunedin and Christchurch and abroad luges has made a minimum of 500 employees redundant.

A survey of 547 members of Tourism Business Aotearoa (TIA) discovered they deliberate to lay off greater than 13,000 staff as the results of Covid-19 continued to be felt.

TIA chief government Chris Roberts stated the survey outcomes backed up estimates that greater than 100,000 of the 230,000 jobs straight associated to tourism may disappear.  

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