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Tourism

Australia’s most famous doctor warns international travel unlikely until COVID-19 vaccine is developed

The nation’s most famous doctor has weighed in on the international travel debate, and we’re not talking about the handsome Chris Brown.

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Cruise

CLIA’s dire warning to the government

CLIA has warned of dire consequences if Australia’s cruise suspension continues beyond 17 September, and JobKeeper isn’t extended for agents and others in the travel industry.

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Hotels

AHA chosen to lead IR reform for hospitality and accommodation sector

The big cheeses at the Australian Hotels Association have received a call-up to help overhaul Australia’s industrial relations system.

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Aviation

Virgin’s administrators warn bidders may withdraw if govt fails to provide more financial certainty

Virgin Australia’s administrators have urged the federal government to provide more financial certainty for the airline, or risk its sale falling in a heap.

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Tourism

Here’s when the states and territories will begin travelling again under ScoMo’s three-step plan

Australia’s PM has announced interstate travel could return in the next few months, but international travel is still off the table for the foreseeable future.

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Aviation

IT’S OFFICIAL: Virgin Australia enters voluntary administration

by Huntley Mitchell

After much speculation and deliberation, Virgin Australia has announced it has entered voluntary administration after failing to strike a deal with the federal government.

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Aviation

Queensland government hands Virgin $200m lifeline (but there are strings attached)

by Huntley Mitchell

It’s yet another update on the Virgin Australia saga. Let’s hope for all involved that the airline’s future is sorted out soon.

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Aviation

Government backs Qantas and Virgin domestic flights with $165m injection

by Huntley Mitchell

In welcome news for Australia’s commercial aviation sector, the federal government is forking out more money to keep planes in the sky.

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Aviation

Wait continues for Virgin’s next move, as trading halt extended

by Huntley Mitchell

Paul Scurrah is quickly turning into a silver fox as he continues to scratch his head over the future of Australia’s second-largest carrier.

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Aviation

Virgin halts trading as government bailout discussions continue

by Huntley Mitchell

The move comes shortly after the airline confirmed it would shrink its domestic capacity to a daily service between Melbourne and Sydney.

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Aviation

Qantas, Flight Centre mooted as acquisition targets for Wesfarmers

While the uncertain future of Virgin Australia has stolen most of the spotlight amid the COVID-19 crisis, speculation surrounding its fierce rival is now heating up.

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Travel Agents

AFTA welcomes latest government support, keeps pressure on

Jayson Westbury said that while the new JobKeeper payment is “definitely a very welcome step”, the industry body is trying to unlock even more support for agents.

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