Travel Agents

Agents Zoom with Health Minister Greg Hunt as part of AFTA’s National Mobilisation Program

Health Minister Greg Hunt has attended a Zoom meeting with 30 travel agencies, who briefed him on the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA)’s request for tailored financial support.

AFTA chair Tom Manwaring joined the agencies, who were all from Hunt’s electorate of Flinders, to speak to him about the $125 million support package for travel agents the association is requesting ahead of the Federal Budget. The meeting was part of AFTA’s National Mobilisation Program.

Managing director of Mornington Travel, Lee Midson, arranged the meeting with fellow Mornington Peninsula travel agencies and supported AFTA’s ‘strength in numbers’ approach to championing the agent cause.

“From big travel brands to independents, we saw a diverse cross-section of local travel agents come together today online to support each other and our cause,” Midson said.

“I was moved by our chairman’s [AFTA Chair Tom Manwaring] comments around the struggles we are all facing as fellow travel business owners, and the reality that because we represent a sector within a sector federal government support is essential to help us keep helping our customers into 2021.

“Minister Hunt understood the unique challenges facing travel agents and encouraged the Industry to continue to engage with their local members and states

“We need our domestic borders to be open so that hopefully future demand for domestic travel can help kick start a recovery in the travel and tourism industry.”

AFTA chief executive Darren Rudd said the meeting provided more proof of local AFTA members resonating with key federal decision-makers.

“I’m pleased to hear that Minister Hunt, as a frequent user of travel agents, understands the inherent value that travel agents bring and understands the situation AFTA members are currently facing.”

“In the lead up to the Federal Budget it’s critical we keep connecting with each other and our local politicians, and I warmly thank Lee for organising yesterday’s meeting.”

“I encourage AFTA members to use AFTA’s National Mobilisation Program toolkit if they have yet to do so and contact their local Federal Representative.”

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Destinations

Aussie states and territories restrict NZ arrivals after Auckland declared a Commonwealth hotspot

by Huntley Mitchell

The trans-Tasman travel plans of Kiwis have once again been thrown into disarray thanks to a concerning COVID cluster in Auckland.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

AFTA’s interim survey results reveal “distressing” statistics, says Rudd

AFTA has released interim results of its ‘Travelsectorkeeper’ survey, and they make for some pretty grim reading, according to CEO Darren Rudd.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

American Airlines confirms pilot saw UFO, says to contact the FBI

by Ali Coulton

We don’t know about you, but we see this as proof enough to start constructing tinfoil hats and heading for the hills.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Here’s how Scotland is embracing the ‘new normal’

While international travel may be at a standstill, Scottish tourism businesses have kept busy adapting services for their guests and local communities.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Abercrombie & Kent unveils remote Flinders Island adventure

The luxury travel connoisseur is bringing remote and unusual parts of Australia into the spotlight with the launch of this new active adventure off the Tasmanian coast.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

“There’s a fair bit of work to still go there”: ScoMo plays down hype around ‘vaccine passports’

by Ali Coulton

When the PM talks about international travel, the whole of Australia listens. However, in this instance, you’re going to have to switch on your eyes rather than your ears.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flight Centre posts $234m loss, but grows its share in “large and important” Aussie leisure market

by Huntley Mitchell

If you ignore that big negative number in the headline, it’s all very positive news here from FCTG.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas suffers $1bn half-yearly loss, pushes back international flight plans

by Huntley Mitchell

The flying kangaroo won’t be hopping overseas as soon as originally hoped, after posting a “stark, but not surprising” loss.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Brisvegas tapped as preferred host for 2032 Olympic Games

Crack a tinnie of XXXX Gold, because it looks like the Olympics might be coming to Queensland 32 years after Sydney’s hosting efforts.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Carnival Cruise Line extends US pause, as Canadian port closures spark Seabourn, Princess and HAL cancellations

Canada’s obnoxiously handsome PM, Justin Trudeau, has chucked a spanner in the works for cruise fanatics over on that side of the globe.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Intrepid co-founder backs the Pinterest of travel apps

The social media platform claims to be the first to let users share travel-specific content to create real-world itineraries.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Why your clients will be drawn to Japan’s heartland once international travel restarts

by Sponsored by Gifu Prefecture Tourism Federation

With your clients no doubt itching to get back overseas, here’s a destination that’s a realistic chance of reopening to Aussies before many others.

Share

CommentComments