Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show more jobs were lost in Queensland’s tourism industry in the June quarter.
The data shows accommodation providers across the state employed more than 2,700 fewer people than in the same quarter last year.
Occupancy rates in medium to large hotels, motels and serviced apartments fell by nearly 4 per cent over the same period.
Brett Gale from national lobby group the Tourism and Transport Forum says the economic downturn, the higher Australian dollar and swine flu all contributed.
“Anyone who loses their job is doing it very tough obviously, and what these figures out today show is that tourism operators are suffering because people aren’t travelling and therefore unfortunately they’re having to put people off work, and that’s a tragedy both for the industry and for the people involved,” he said.