Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Cruise ship bookings discouraged
Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham has cautioned against booking cruise tickets, stressing that there is no set date they will be permitted to return to sea amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Many cruise companies have been taking bookings for this year and early 2021, but Birmingham said it would be “optimistic” to think they would be operating again by September.
“We haven’t got to the specifics of talking about their restarting, and frankly, the first hurdle they’ve got to clear is with health officials, not with tourism ministers, to demonstrate that they can operate in a COVID-safe way,” he said.
State Health Minister Brad Hazzard has previously said the cruise industry was in crisis worldwide, while the special commission of inquiry into the Ruby Princess debacle, which saw 22 coronavirus-related deaths, continues.
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Minister criticises travel ban
NSW Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres has accused other states of damaging the economy with coronavirus travel bans.
NSW has not imposed border restrictions, but the surrounding states have shut theirs, locking people from NSW out.
Mr Ayres called on the governments in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania to scrap their travel bans by July 1.