Talking Tourism Episode #46 - Covid-19: Operator Insights with Gary & Lorraine Ashdown, and Simon McDermott


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Every fortnight we check-in with tourism operators across the State, sharing their experience with Covid-19, and how they're planning for the future.
In this fortnight, Tourism Tasmania's Amy Hills sits down with the operators of two very different tourism businesses, with very similar stories of resilience and loss.
In March, Gary & Lorraine Ashdown, won the Australian Tourism Award for Hosted Accommodation for their Dover B&B, Ashdowns of Dover.The Ashdown's share their dramatic impact on their business, their plans to use this 'down time' productively, and in working with their local industry.
Simon McDermott is Managing Director of his family's well known coach and tour business, McDermott's Coaches. McDermott's are the largest tour charter operator in Tasmania, and also operators the Cradle Mountain shuttle.
Simon's business literally stopped overnight and the short-term outlook for bookings looks very bleak. How's he planning for the period ahead? When does he expect the lucrative coach tour market to return to Tasmania?

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