COVID-19

Aviation

Qantas flight attendant fined for helping COVID-infected man cross Queensland border from NSW

The flight attendant also allegedly provided false information that saw 267 Qantas passengers forced into quarantine.

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Aviation

American Airlines to cut all Aussie flights

The airline was the first to pull the plug on flights to Australia after the government halved the cap on inbound arrivals.

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Destinations

Qld closes border to NSW, WA reinstates hard border with SA, trans-Tasman bubble suspended, and Victoria calls for “ring of steel” around Sydney

Yes, we got a bit carried away with the headline, but there has been A LOT going in in the last 24 hours that you all should be fully aware of.

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Travel Agents

Helloworld agent wins appeal over COVID-19 refund worth over $9,000

by Ali Coulton

With a little help from her friends at AFTA, this agent managed to score a landmark win for the travel trade.

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Destinations

New modelling suggests Greater Sydney lockdown could remain until September

It appears the people of Greater Sydney might be bunkering down for a while yet to curb the current COVID-19 outbreak.

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Aviation

Melbourne Airport launches vax competition encouraging Aussies to get the jab

As if being locked down for the fifth time wasn’t enough to encourage Victorians to get the jab, the state’s biggest airport has come up with this.

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Tourism

Australia’s overseas arrivals must now declare vaccine status

by Ali Coulton

The change looks to have been made in preparation for relaxed restrictions on overseas travel for vaccinated Aussies, which we hope happens sooner rather than later.

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Tourism

One of Australia’s largest hostel groups collapses into administration

Looks like backpackers may need to find somewhere else to play beer pong and fall out of bunk beds after a long night if this business can’t be resuscitated.

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Tourism

Treasurer meets with travel CEOs to discuss speeding up vaccine rollout

A few industry bigwigs joined Josh Frydenberg and leaders from some of Australia’s biggest businesses for a big brainstorm sesh on hastening the rollout of COVID jabs.

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Destinations

Trans-Tasman travel pause to lift for some states next week

If all goes to plan, Aussies from some states will be allowed to cross the ditch soon, while the rest will remain in the naughty corner.

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Destinations

WA and Queensland announce lockdowns, as the NT extends its own by 72 hours

by Huntley Mitchell

There’s been another round of tough travel restrictions dealt out across Australia. Get up to speed on what’s changed here.

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Aviation

Hundreds of passengers urged to isolate after Virgin Australia crew member tests positive for COVID-19

The crew member worked on five flights between major cities across three states while they were believed to be infectious.

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