Kick off international tourism with upcoming bookings at Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat | Port Macquarie News

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Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat has its first overseas guests expected to arrive in late March as Australian borders reopen to international tourists. The guests come from the Netherlands. Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat owners Peter Johnson and Kerry McFadyen are looking forward to welcoming international guests back to their treehouse set in a five-hectare garden. “I think like everyone else who not only relies on international tourists, but likes to attract them, we’re very excited,” Mr Johnson said. “I’m a bit doubly excited because I sit on the board of Ecotourism Australia and many of our members rely heavily on international travel.” Tour operators have struggled more than accommodation providers due to a heavy reliance on international tourists and difficulties in running their large-scale businesses. “We are very happy for these people because they were probably the biggest victims of the COVID period,” he said. Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat has a handful of international bookings for 2022 and more in 2023. Johnson said international guests have continued to push back their bookings in hopes the border will open up and they can visit. Australia will reopen to all fully vaccinated visa holders, marking the return of international tourists from February 21. Some 27% of guests at Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat were from overseas before Australia closed its borders nearly two years ago to manage COVID-19. The Camden Haven accommodation provider attracted international guests from around the world, including Russia, Iran and Africa, before the pandemic. “We have widespread global appeal, but probably 70% of our international customers come from Europe,” Johnson said. “Our European agents tell us they have a long list of clients who are eager to fulfill their lifelong dream of a trip to Australia.” The tourism sector has faced the impact of border closures, shutdowns and travel restrictions amid the pandemic, as well as the fires of 2019 and the floods of last year. The Diamond Head Road property, home to two luxury treehouses with plenty of room for separation, attracted visitors looking for a private escape when domestic travel resumed after lockdowns. “If you are reasonably small and reasonably isolated, and you could assure your guests that they could remain reasonably isolated, you did well,” Mr Johnson said. “Being part of a small community like Camden Haven made it even more appealing.” The reopening of the international border will give a boost to the economy. Australia has welcomed nearly 580,000 arrivals, including those traveling to reunite with loved ones, work or study, since the organized reopening of the international border in November 2021. This number is expected to rise with fully vaccinated foreign tourists soon to be welcomed. in the country. Business NSW tourism executive director Greg Binskin said over the past few weeks we have started to see a flow of international students and backpackers returning to our shores which is good news for the tourist hospitality industry seeking to fill thousands of vacant hospitality jobs. “With our borders closed for years to key markets, pent-up demand to visit Australia remains strong, and as global airlines begin to return to New South Wales, it’s news that the industry is starting to celebrate and plan ahead,” he said. Visa holders who are not fully vaccinated will need a valid travel exemption to enter Australia and will be subject to state and territory quarantine requirements. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: Bookmark our website Make sure you’re signed up for our up-to-the-minute and regular newsletters You can support us with a subscription Follow us on Twitter: @portmacnews Follow us on Instagram: @portmacnews Follow us on Google News


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