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Tassie Travel Agents Offered $1m Support Package

$1 million has been allocated to Tasmanian Travel Agents by the state government to support the industry in anticipation of tourism recovery.

$1 million has been allocated to Tasmanian Travel Agents by the state government to support the industry in anticipation of tourism recovery.

There’s good news for Tasmanian Travel Agents with the launch of the $1m Tasmanian Travel Agent Support Package – aimed to support the industry and prepare for the tourism boom ahead.

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The government support will be delivered in two rounds.

Round one – Expression of Interest (open as of 12pm Wednesday 7 April 2021 and closes 12pm Wednesday 21 April 2021)

Round two – Application submission (open for invited eligible travel agents from 30 April 2021 until 14 May 2021) 

Applicants must successfully complete both rounds to be considered for the grant funding.

To submit your expression of interest first read the Program Guidelines, which include everything you need to know, including eligibility information, timeframes, and information requirements.

Then, you can submit your EOI here.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will be notified in late May whether or not they have been successful.

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Tom Manwaring, AFTA Chair & CEO Express Travel Group

Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) chair, Tom Manwaring welcomed the announcement, saying “Travel agents have had to survive with revenue falls of 90% and more since the ban on international travel more than a year ago and the end of JobKeeper meant an end to a heavily-relied on the financial lifeline.

“This support comes at a critical time for these small businesses and will help them keep their doors open.”

“AFTA is proud of our role in pushing for this support and wishes to thank the Tasmanian Government for delivering this $1m Tasmanian Travel Agent Support Package.”

Tom Manwaring, AFTA chair

AFTA says it will continue to work with all levels of Government to increase awareness of the plight of travel agents and businesses and secure ongoing support.