Hotel executives are willing to offer hospitality workers free flights to Australia as the industry struggles through crippling Covid-induced staff shortages.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley - a five-star bush resort north-west of Sydney - is scouting kitchen and wait staff from New Zealand to meet domestic demand for luxury tourism after months of lockdown restrictions.
The hotel's general manager Tim Stanhope said he was considering paying for successful applicants to fly across the ditch to seal the deal.
The offer comes just weeks after Sydney's exclusive Rockpool Bar & Grill revealed it was paying dishwashing staff as much as $90 an hour to address the shortage.
Pictured is a guest at the luxury NSW five-star resort Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. The hotel's executives are willing to offer hospitality workers free flights to Australia to beat post-lockdown staff shortages
Wolgan Valley - a $2,000-a-night resort - plans to recruit heavily from the Pacific International Hotel Management School on New Zealand's north island.
'We’ve had to be creative and find new ways to attract colleagues,' Mr Stanhope told The Australian Financial Review.
'I’m a Kiwi myself, so my plan is to head to New Zealand in the new year and scout for talent.
'If all goes to plan... we’re exploring the idea of supporting Kiwi candidates with the cost of flights into Australia as an incentive.'
Over in the Northern Territory meanwhile, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia is battling to recruit 450 more workers before July to work at the hotels it operates near Uluru.
A recent survey