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Victoria unveils support package for small businesses smacked by ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown

Small businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors that were hit hard by the state’s snap five-day lockdown have been handed a $143 million reprieve.

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Aviation

Virgin Australia announces new routes, hosts first mid-air wedding

After popping its ‘Pride Flight’ cherry last week, Virgin has celebrated another first.

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Destinations

States shut their borders as Victoria readies for five-day snap lockdown

Wondering how the other states and territories have responded to Victoria’s snap lockdown? We’ve gathered all the info we can amid this fast-moving situation.

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Destinations

South Australia introduces hard border, Qld to reimpose border passes as Melbourne’s COVID-19 outbreak grows

by Huntley Mitchell

Both states are taking no chances on the growing COVID-19 outbreak at the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport quarantine hotel.

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Destinations

Tasmania, Northern Territory and Victoria update travel restrictions

by Huntley Mitchell

There has been both some tightening and loosening of border restrictions. Get up to speed here without having to tediously search for answers on state health department websites.

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Wholesalers

APT throws support behind Australian Open for eighth straight year

Expect plenty of advertising by the tour company amid Nick Kyrgios’ mid-match dummy spits at the Australian Open this month.

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Aviation

Etihad to keep repatriating Aussies stranded in the UK despite UAE ban

The UAE-based carrier hasn’t let the UK’s latest ban get in the way of its commitment to the Aussie market.

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Aviation

Virgin Australia ramps up flights between Sydney and Qld, along with Sydney-Melbourne

The airline has taken a leaf out of Steve Smith’s book of batting tips and gotten on the front foot to capitalise on some softer domestic borders.

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Aviation

Emirates cans decision to suspend Aussie flights

The UAE’s flag carrier has performed a bizarre backflip, complete with a couple of half-twists and a pike. Meanwhile, the government has introduced stricter rules for returning Aussies.

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Travel Agents

Savvy agent scores loads of cruise bookings during Victoria’s lockdown

Meanwhile, the only thing Travel Weekly’s editor achieved in lockdown was to eat his weight in potato chips while getting through Netflix’s entire catalogue.

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Aviation

Emirates suspends Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne flights, as government increases repatriation efforts

Meanwhile, Etihad has taken this opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to repatriating stranded Aussies. Nice one, guys.

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Hotels

Accor to transform heritage theatre into Sydney lifestyle hotel

Accor is bringing one of its funky lifestyle hotel brands to one of Sydney’s most iconic heritage buildings, so expect to hear a lot of James Brown and Prince being played from the property’s speakers.

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