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AFTA Keeps The Pressure On For Tailored Government Support

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) is continuing to fight for ongoing tailored Government support of travel agents, travel wholesalers and tour operators.

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) is continuing to fight for ongoing tailored Government support of travel agents, travel wholesalers and tour operators.

Yesterday, the ‘Save The Travel Industry’ campaign launched and AFTA is getting behind the movement in support of all those in the industry.

AFTA CEO Darren Rudd is in Canberra this week, the first sitting week of Parliament for the year, to meet with a range of Cabinet Ministers including the Tourism Minister, the Hon Dan Tehan and other key influencers.
 
AFTA’s political engagement priorities continue to be:

  • Refinement of the implementation approach of the Federal Government Travel Support Program
  • The need for a re-purposed, renamed JobKeeper from 1 April for the sector
  • Ensuring understanding that recent Federal Government initiatives to drive domestic holidays boost consumer confidence rather than driving any meaningful financial or revenue benefits for travel agents, travel wholesalers or tour operators who rely on Australians travelling overseas.

AFTA also continues to work closely with regulatory bodies such as the ACCC and relevant departments as well as engaging mainstream media including at a travel agent and sector level.

“The AFTA team and I have been busily working away in the background across a range of areas including briefing the new tourism minister on the federal government travel support program”

Darren Rudd, AFTA CEO

“We appreciate that JobKeeper may take on a new name and form, but the underling intention of ensuring that travel agents can continue to repatriate the outstanding $4 billion in consumer travel funds, remains unchanged. It’s about providing a life-line to help businesses survive until borders are liberated,” said Rudd.

READ: AFTA & ACCC Team Up To Assist Both Agents & Consumers

Get involved and help save the Travel Industry

You can support the cause by; downloading the online campaign toolkit, sharing the #SaveTheTravelIndustry creative assets on social media and your own marketing channels.

You can also sign and share the change.org petition.

Since going live on Sunday night, the petition has already notched up a whopping 13,000 signatures.

#SaveTheTravelIndustry