Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—The year 2020 has struck our NSW Tourism industry and its many dedicated operators and workers the cruellest of blows, through no fault of their own. Between drought, fire, flood and a global pandemic, travellers of all types have been deterred from visiting or travelling through our beautiful state.

It was wonderful to gather with industry stakeholders and representatives of our state's wonderful Tourism and Transport businesses with a spirit of optimism and renewal during the recent Parliamentary Friends of Tourism cocktail reception.

I was heartened to see so many familiar faces during this bipartisan event and speak with people who remain committed to this exciting industry and the fulfilling careers it can offer. During the event I was pleased to reconnect – speak, listen, share ideas and experiences - as together we embark on the path ahead which will shape the future of the industry here in NSW.

I thank Margy Osmond, Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism and Transport Forum Australia, for bringing us together. As Shadow Minister for Investment and Tourism I reiterate my pledge to do all I can to support the industry, and those who work within it, through this extraordinary time.