Once again, the end of the year is coming up extremely quickly. It felt like just yesterday we were watching the fireworks on New Year’s. However, this does mean that it is the happiest time of the year, as the holiday season commences again.
The holiday season brings a time of great joy for many, with holidays and time-off just around the corner and catch-ups with family and friends for weeks leading up to the New Year, it is busy all around.
However, while we are all thinking about where we should go for our work holiday parties, or what restaurant we should choose for our next dinner, the hospitality industry is getting prepared for the hundreds of people that will walk through their doors.
For hospitality, the busiest time of the year is the holiday season. Not only because of Christmas and New Year’s, but since summer is also just around the corner Australians are ready to follow the sun to their favourite venues.
Many venues see hundreds of people daily in the lead up to Christmas and the New Year. With the food service industry welcoming the re-opening of Australia’s two biggest capital cities, this holiday season is bound to be hectic.
So, is hospitality prepared for a busy couple of months? Well, luckily for the industry they have just received a last-minute bout of good news with the borders once again open to skilled migrants so that an influx of skilled chefs and service staff can turbocharge the local food service economy.
Restaurant & Catering Australia CEO Wes Lambert says that the return of working holiday makers, tourism and skilled migrants is an “early, huge Christmas present” for the hospitality industry, specifically across Sydney and Melbourne where quarantine requirements no longer exist for those who are vaccinated.
The only issue that hospitality venues will have to keep an eye on throughout the holiday period, is ensuring any delivery delay or supply chain issues don’t leave them without crucial ingredients or supplies.