Denmark gets back to business post pandemic

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Denmark Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sumer Addy.
Camera IconDenmark Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sumer Addy.

The easing of COVID-19 restrictions has brought instant relief to Denmark businesses, which are “hopeful and happy” to make it through the worst of the pandemic, Denmark Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sumer Addy says.

Ms Addy said Denmark’s business community had been shaken by the pandemic, with the tourism sector hit hardest.

But the WA Day long weekend had brought a welcome influx of tourists, she said.

“We instantly had bookings when people were allowed to travel last week, filling up for the long weekend as well as the school holidays, with folks staying for longer,” she said.

“We missed out on our Easter trade — that’s usually what businesses bank on before going into hibernation for the winter.

“But these last few weekends have been really great with people coming down and spending their time and money down here.”

Ms Addy said tourism operators were hoping to see a boom during the July school holidays.

She said the chamber would focus on bolstering the local tourism sector during the pandemic recovery.

“One of the main things I have found through the pandemic is that businesses, ideas, structures and systems that were already struggling, were just magnified during the pandemic,” she said.

“Our tourism and our visitor servicing has always kind of limped along, and I think the chamber will be looking to build that and make it stronger.

“So we will be looking to help support our tourism businesses and trying to revitalise Strickland Street to make it a little bit more accessible and recognised as a destination to come and visit, especially during winter.”

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