Business owners weigh in on tourism importance
A SURVEY of 170 business owners in Noosa has revealed just how much the shire relies on tourism for their survival.
The survey, conducted by the Noosaville Business, Noosa Junction and Hastings St associations, relates to the impact of changes to the short-term letting laws and new Noosa Plan being proposed by its council.
Of the 170 businesses surveyed, 94.1 per cent said their staff worked and lived in the shire.
Noosaville Business Association president Joel Laventure said the research showed that "overwhelmingly", business owners in Noosa "relied either directly on visitors for survival or indirectly from the trickle-down effect of tourists spending in other areas".
"This also means that by default, people employed by local Noosa businesses have a reliance on visitors to ensure their jobs aren't lost," Mr Laventure said.
Mr Laventure said the survey showed 89 per cent of business owners said tourism and tourism spending was important for the successful operation of their business.
"Furthermore 83.1 per cent of respondents indicated that if there was a cap introduced to limit or reduce the number of visitors to Noosa, then this would negatively impact their business," Mr Laventure said.
"What this research shows, unequivocally, is how important tourism is to the sustainability
of our town's economy, and to avoid the loss of local jobs.
"It also shows how important it is to truly understand what the impacts on the community
and local economy might be from any actions that could adversely affect tourism in Noosa."
The survey was conducted across Noosa's main business precincts, including Sunshine
Beach, Noosa Junction, Peregian Beach, Noosaville, the hinterland, and Hastings St, and
covers a diverse range of businesses from retail shops to manufacturing.