Travel Agents

Here’s how much government grant money travel agents have been paid so far

Tourism Minister Dan Tehan has provided an update on just how much moolah has been paid out to travel agents as part of the federal government’s COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program.

The federal government has committed $258 million in direct support to agents through the program and, according to the latest data, $118.1 million has been paid so far.

A total of $98.6 million in grant funding has been paid under round one, with 2,964 agents having received payments and another 172 claims still being processed, according to a media release issued by Minister Tehan on Monday.

Under round two, $19.5 million in grant funding has been paid to 945 agents.

The COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program complements broader support for the travel industry that includes a $1.2 billion aviation and tourism support package, an extension of the $94.6 million zoos and aquariums program and expanding the $40 billion SME Loan Guarantee Scheme.

Minister Tehan said the government had worked closely with the sector to deliver targeted support.

“The government has worked closely with the peak bodies representing travel agents – the Australian Federation of Travel Agents Limited (AFTA), Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) and Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) – to enhance round two of the  COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program,” he said.

“We have been working with these industry associations to ensure the delivery of effective and efficient support packages targeted to those industries impacted by the economic fallout of COVID-19.”


Featured image source: iStock/erhui1979



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Hotels

TAA appoints new board member

It’s a good things that travel is an interesting industry otherwise they’d be appointing a new ‘bored’ member.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

New data suggests China Eastern nosedive may have been intentional

Investigations into a tragic plane crash that killed 132 people earlier this year have revealed that it was likely not due to technical fault.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Luxury Escapes partners with the Travel Corporation

Similarly, Travel Weekly is trying to form a partnership with the cafe downstairs, which they correctly recognised as another attempt to get free coffee and shut down immediately.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas teams up with Zip for buy now pay later flights

Looking for new and exciting ways to financially cripple the millennial and Gen Z market? This one from our national carrier takes the cake.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

AGENT GUIDE: How to give your clients the best possible South America experience

by Sponsored by Chimu Adventures

From the snowcapped Andes and the Amazon rainforest to the culture clad streets of Buenos Aires and Rio, South America is a treasure trove of rich experiences not to be missed.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Cunard reports biggest booking day in a decade

The rumours are that many Cunard employees went home that day with a big sack with a dollar sign on it after a massive day on the job.

Share

CommentComments

News

Travel just got easier: No more pre-departure tests for New Caledonia, Tahiti, Indonesia

What would make travel really easy for us is if a nice company out there would like to send a Travel Weekly reporter on a nice trip overseas (wink, wink, nudge, nudge @anyone please).

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Dream Cruises ship resurrected for new cruise brand

Don’t just sit around dreaming of cruises, hop on this revived Dream Cruises ship for your first getaway in two years.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Collette wraps up its first travel forum in two years

The tour operator hosted top sellers, partners, key travel players and media friends (that’s us!) for poolside shenanigans in sunny Cairns.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

“Travel is the great educator”: Collette CEO Dan Sullivan on why we need travel now more than ever

We spent the past few days sipping mojitos by the pool in Cairns… Oh, and attending Collette’s travel forum! Here’s proof we were listening.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

“It’s our shout”: Flight Centre is giving away free holidays!

The travel giant is giving away 40 holidays to celebrate its 40th Birthday! Nobody tell them that it’s usually the other way around…

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

QT Newcastle signature restaurant and bar revealed!

It might seem like we’re calling Newcastle a ‘cutie’ but rest assured, our cutest NSW city award still goes to Griffith.

Share

CommentComments