COVID-19 and Non-Essential Travel Message
Updated: 26 March 2020
Given the Federal and State Governments’ guidance to defer Non-Essential Travel, while regrettable, we feel the sensible thing to do is to CLOSE the park to non-essential travellers (holidays makers) until 31 May 2020.
We haven’t made this decision lightly. We’ve made it on the back of government directives, and we also feel it is in the best interests of the broader community.
We recognise this will have significant impact on our guests, an impact on our staff and all those businesses we work with. We would also like to thank those who have lent their support and understanding during this difficult time.
From today we will be cancelling all bookings up to 31 May 2020. Deposits and money paid will be put into credit and can be applied to a future stay in the next 24 months.
At this time, we are offering 100% credit on deposits paid. In line with ACCC guidelines we are substituting refunds with credits.
We recognise this is painful and regrettable for many of our guests. At this time, we are working on the survival of the business so in the future we can bounce back, again to provide a great holiday experience and continue to be a significant employer on the Sunshine Coast.
30% Cancellation Bonus
In recognition of this difficulty, we are instigating a cancellation bonus for bookings made prior to 25 March 2020 and for any stays between today (25 March 2020) and 31 May 2020.
This will give guests a 30% bonus on current deposits held for a future stay in the next 2 years. Eg. If we hold a $1000 deposit on your booking, you will receive an $300 additional credit to use on accommodation for a future stay. This might allow for an upgrade, more nights away, or even split into a couple of stays.
Email is our preferred communication
As you would imagine, our phones are extremely busy at the moment The most efficient means to get in contact is via email. Email us at email@example.com and we can assist with processing your booking and cancellation credit.
In closing, we sincerely apologise that we’ve had to take these drastic measures and the inconvenience this has caused and appreciate your understanding.
The BIG4 Caloundra Team
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why are you closing the Park?
A: We are acting on the guidance of Government who have requested that people defer non-essential travel. The QLD Premier has asked people not to travel during the holidays and specifically not to camp or even stay in beach houses.
We feel the prudent thing to do is close the park to assist in the government’s strategy of reducing unnecessary contact between people.
Q: What is the best way to get in contact?
A: The phones are naturally ringing off the hook at the moment, so we suggest the most efficient way to have your enquiry answered is by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What is your Cancellation Policy
A: Our current cancellation policy is to offer a credit for the deposit/amount paid that can be used in the next 24 months.
In accordance with guidance from the ACCC, we are not providing a refund at this time. We recognise this is painful and potentially unpopular. We encourage you to check the conditions of your travel insurance policy.
In appreciation of your understanding, we are offering a 30% bonus credit on any monies held for a booking. Eg. If you had paid a $1000 deposit for a holiday with us, we will give you an additional $300 to put towards a future stay. So, when the time is right and you wish to rebook, you will have $1300 to book with. This might allow for an upgrade, more nights away, or even split into a couple of stays.
Q: What is are you classifying Non-Essential Travel?
A: Non-Essential travel and stays are those people travelling for recreational purposes eg. Holidays, Breaks, choosing to leave home. We deem anyone who is thinking of travelling for the school holidays or wanting a break from home as Non-Essential Travel.
If you feel you have legitimate, forced needs for accommodation, please get in contact by email.
Q: Are you providing accommodation for self isolators?
A: A No we are not at this time. Unfortunately we feel the risks are to high at this time.
Q: When will you re-open?
A: At this point in time we just don’t know. We have cancelled all bookings to the end of May at this time and will continue to assess as we get closer.
Q: What about future School Holidays? June/July, September, Christmas
A: Once again, just too early to know. Once we have some certainty the situation is behind us and the government relaxes the restrictions, we’ll be in touch