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AUS - Demand for Tourism and Hospitality Jobs in Port Stephens Has Never Been Greater

As strange as it may seem, the demand for tourism and hospitality jobs in Port Stephens has never been greater.

And with Port Stephens businesses enjoying a resurgence in the number of tourists due to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, job seekers would find plenty of opportunities in cafes, restaurants, resorts, accommodation and tourism activities.

While this is welcome news for many displaced casual and part timers, the staff shortage is becoming a concern with the busiest time of the year less than two months away.

Andrew McDonald, chair of Destination Port Stephens (DPS) and owner of Little Nel's cafe at Hotel Nelson in Nelson Bay, said that there was a unique appeal for locals working in a world class coastal environment.

"The Port's business owners and operators genuinely love doing what they do and take pride in sharing this very special part of the world with visitors," he said. "We value good employees and encourage anyone looking for a job to consider what Port Stephens has to offer."

Lara Hearn, who is studying at Newcastle university, traveled from her Newcastle home to Nelson Bay to fill in shifts on Monday and Tuesday.

"I don't mind helping out [in the Bay] and I enjoy the work immensely. It's true that there is a shortage of staff in the industry," she said.

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