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“The travel industry has been the sacrificial lamb”: CATO bigwigs plead with Tourism Minister for financial aid

CATO’s delegation also bumped into AFTA’s boss while down in Canberra this week, with the two industry bodies comparing notes from their respective meetings.

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Travel Agents

Government’s travel agent grants scheme comes under attack by scammers

by Huntley Mitchell

Have you been getting threatening calls or emails about your grant application? All is explained here.

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Aviation

National Cabinet to increase caps on international arrivals, but stands firm on hotel quarantine

Even returning Aussies who have already received the jab won’t be able to skip 14 days of hotel quarantine. Unless, of course, they manage to escape.

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Travel Agents

More than $61m paid out to travel agents, as Tourism Minister meets with AFTA

Reading this is just like being a fly on the wall at AFTA’s latest meeting with Dan Tehan, minus the threat of being sprayed with Mortein.

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Travel Agents

Travel agent slams ScoMo over lack of industry support with cheeky meme

A Victorian-based travel agent has crafted a cheeky little meme to slam the federal government over its lack of support for the sector.

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Tourism

Tourism Minister eyes potential post-JobKeeper support package for travel industry

Fingers and toes are being crossed throughout the industry, as Australia’s new Tourism Minister provides some hope of targeted government support.

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Travel Agents

Federal government urged to introduce HECS-style loan scheme for small businesses

Could this turn out to be another much-needed funding opportunity for travel agents? Let’s bloody hope so.

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Travel Agents

Crucial details on agent support package emerge, as AFTA meets Deputy PM about JobKeeper

by Huntley Mitchell

Wondering when you’ll be able claim for a one-off government payment, and what other eligibility criteria you’ll need to worry about? All is explained here.

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Aviation

Federal government extends domestic support program for airlines

Deputy PM Michael McCormack has decided to loosen the government’s purse strings and help out Qantas and Virgin a little more.

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Travel Agents

“Couldn’t ask for a better outcome”: AFTA chief reacts to historic government rescue package for agents

Darren Rudd has almost run out of superlatives to describe the federal government’s $128 million boost to the sector.

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Travel Agents

Travel agents to be handed $128m federal government lifeline

It’s not quite the $250 million ask that AFTA was after, but it’s certainly better than nothing.

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Travel Agents

Australia’s small business ombudsman says travel agent support package is “a matter of urgency”

The calls for ScoMo to get off his backside and announce the lifeline agents so badly need have grown even louder and slightly terser.

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