TA hopes for fix as Qantas stands firm

TA hopes for fix as Qantas stands firm
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Tourism Australia has reiterated that it remains committed to engaging with Qantas and resolving their feud, as reports emerged that the group of investors with links to Geoff Dixon has sold its stake in the airline.

Qantas announced it would withdraw funding from the tourism body in November after it accused the TA chairman of involvement with a syndicate that was "actively canvassing" fundamental change to the group's strategy, including its proposed tie-up with Emirates.

However, news of a January 22 share offload by the consortium, which also includes former Qantas chief financial officer Peter Gregg and shareholder Mark Carnegie, has reportedly had little impact on the airline's resolve.

According to the Australian Financial Review, senior Qantas sources have insisted the sale will not solve the dispute.

Meanwhile, a Tourism Australia spokesperson stressed it is keen to resolve the situation "at the earliest opportunity".

"We continue to work constructively with all our Qantas contacts counterparts around the world to complete campaigns and other activities already underway," he said.

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