AFTA responds to Sydney lockdown with call for urgent support

Specified the quick and move-on impacts of the Sydney lockdown, the Australian Federation of Vacation Agents has now highlighted the increasingly urgent need for more and expanded support for the vacation and tourism sector.

As a outcome of the COVID limits in Higher Sydney and broader NSW, condition and territory borders, as nicely as the Trans-Tasman Risk-free Journey Zone are fast closing with sizeable ramifications for travel agents and companies.

An estimated 15,000 employment have currently been shed in Australia’s travel sector with recovery only attainable with the resumption of international journey for most Australians.

AFTA Chair Tom Manwaring notes “the fact is that with borders slamming shut domestically and the Trans-Tasman Safe Travel Zone closed additional often than it is open up, Australia’s travel agents and firms are in a worse scenario than we were this time past 12 months.

“Each and each and every border closure and journey restriction kneecaps consumer confidence not just in travelling but also in reserving. For travel brokers, it also usually means a mountain of get the job done at a time when cash flow is just about non-existent and has been for 18 months. People have to have us more than at any time to assistance them through the cancellation maze.

“We need additional guidance and we need to have it now for all these companies impacted by these constraints.

“We continue on to inquire Austrade for additional haste in deploying the much-needed funds from Consumer-19 Travel Support Software to the suitable compact and medium travel companies in crisis.”

AFTA continues to work intently with Austrade and the Federal Government to accelerate and support the distribution of the $258 million in help as a result of the COVID-2019 Client Travel Guidance Program to the eligible modest and medium agencies nonetheless much more support for the entire sector is needed.

As of 8th July 2021, a complete of 1,015 financial verifications have been referred to Deloitte for candidates with about $500,000 in turnover. 160 verifications are now finish and have been referred to Services Australia. Deloitte has issued log-in information to 1,009 applicants for obtain to the on the internet Halo platform and is continuing to situation these requests as they are been given.

Austrade have suggested the pursuing:

Spherical One 
•3,859 claims have been received and 106 are now underneath overview.
•3,154 payments have been created to day (8 July 2021) totalling $103 million.

Spherical Two 
•1,206 payments have been created to day (8 July 2021) totalling $25.2 million.
•Austrade is presently responding to 174 emails to [email protected]

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