Tourism crying out for workers as visitor numbers climb

THE tourism industry is crying out for staff, with operators now opting for 457 visa workers from overseas as a skills shortage becomes a major issue.

The demand for workers is on the back of a surge in Chinese visitors to Australia which has created boom-like conditions but also coincides with a climbing unemployment rate, particularly in regional Queensland.

According to the industry, operators are already using 457 visas to bring in workers, particularly chefs and cooks, to cope with the huge demand from the exceptional growth in the number of cafes and restaurants.

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