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“The new ministry is well informed and ready to support tourism’s future”: Peak industry bodies welcome Australia’s new PM

Travel Weekly’s editor spent her Sunday morning shushing the cheering crowd at Marrickville Library as Albo posed out the front for this photo op. He’s lucky he has a cute dog or she may have had to get the librarians involved.

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Travel Agents

AFTA farewells industry legend

AFTA’s former CEO, John Dart, passed away at the age of 90. He was the Federation’s CEO for 10 years in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

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Hotels

Aussies urged to support local tourism after flood-related devastation

A peak industry body is asking keen travellers to postpone their trips to France and support Aussie tourism as it battles the impact of floods and COVID.

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Travel Agents

Agents to receive $75.5 million in support as Tehan releases much needed funds

The federal government appears to be enjoying a slice of humble pie, after releasing funds it previously insisted were an “overestimation” that “would not be needed”.

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Events

Travel Agents

Events & incentives round-up: AFTA meets MPs, Scenic showcase, win $500 + MORE!

Now that things are beginning to open up on a grander scale, the events and incentives are coming in thicker and faster than our office dog when she gets her midday zoomies.

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News

AFTA and Entire call on travel industry to support flood relief

What feels better than donating to a good cause? Bragging to your friends about it later, obviously.

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Travel Agents

“It’s about doing the right thing”: Penny Spencer joins calls for the release of $74 million in unallocated funds

It turns out one-third of the $258 million COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program is still sitting in federal government coffers, and these industry big wigs have a thing or two to say about that.

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Tourism

NSW & QLD floods “another hit to consumer confidence” says AFTA CEO as booking rebound slows down

Besides the obvious damage to tourism infrastructure and flight delays, Dean Long said that compounded with the situation in Ukraine, this latest tragedy will have a “flow-on effect” for travel.

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Travel Agents

Dan Tehan vows to work with AFTA to support industry recovery

AFTA has been working hard behind the scenes to make sure the Minister for Tourism is working even harder up front for travel agents.

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Travel Agents

More than 100 AFTA members to meet with key backbenchers to drum up support for agents

Backbench across the Liberal, National and Labor parties are going to need to stock up their tea and bikkies supply to prepare for the incoming wave of agents set to converge on their offices this week.

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Cruise

CLIA urge government to provide economic support as ships begin to turn away from Aussie shores

The cruise industry is again urging the Australian government to provide support, though, at this stage in the game we suggest they simply join the rest of us by screaming into the void instead.

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Aviation

Singapore Airlines to cut travel agent base commission to 1 per cent

We can feel the rage radiating from Dean Long’s general direction after the AFTA CEO added fighting airline commission cuts to the association’s list of new years resolutions.

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