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Urgent Federal grant survey

TRAVEL agents are being asked to urgently complete a very brief survey in relation to the Government’s $128 million Consumer Travel Support Program, ahead of a confidential high level meeting organised by WA agents Christine Ross-Davies and Jo Francis.

The pair, whose tireless efforts have seen them relentlessly pursue support for the industry throughout the pandemic, have continued to push for the Government to address the flaws in the grants scheme which have led to massive disparities in the levels of support provided due to BAS reporting anomalies by different agencies (TD yesterday).

“We are still liaising with multiple departments on a daily basis, doing everything we can to keep the hope alive for the majority of agents who are not going to be supported sufficiently by this grant funding in its current format,” Ross-Davies told TD.

While not at liberty to advise details of the meeting, the pair said they were acting on “a request to provide data to confirm the disparity in the grant funding reporting”.

The survey is anonymous, and even if agencies are set to benefit at a higher level as a result of reporting TTV on their BAS, they are still being asked to complete the poll.

“Be assured that your level of funding will not be impacted by this data, however it could be useful in assisting your agency owner colleagues,” they said.

The completely confidential survey simply asks two questions:

a) Before COVID or any grant application existed, did you report commission/revenue or total sales (TTV) on your BAS;

b) Have you changed the figures you report on your BAS for the 2019 calendar year?

The deadline for completion is 5pm tomorrow, Sat 09 Jan, so that the results can be collated prior to the key meeting – for more details CLICK HERE.

AFTA wasn’t able to comment on this new development prior to TD’s deadline today.

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GBTA’s inclusion push

THE Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has launched the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Committee, a move designed to enhance the support for inclusion in the corporate travel sector.

Committee Chair J Grant Caplan, along with US Vice Chair Carol Fergus are the first to be named on the new body, with Vice Chairs representing the UK, Canada and Latin America to be named soon on what is being described as a “first-of-its-kind” initiative for the business travel space.

Upon its official launch, the new committee stated its goals will be to provide the resources, education and support to enable the travel industry to embrace and drive diversity, equality and inclusion within organisations.

“Our goal is to be the industry voice advocating for diversity, equality and inclusion, and to raise the profile for all individuals from all walks of life, religion, race, age, gender, sexual orientation and disabilities, mental health and invisible illnesses,” said interim Executive Director GBTA Dave Hilfman.

“By tackling the uncomfortable, we want to foster an open, transparent, and welcoming arm, where trust and integrity will be at the forefront of our agenda,” he added.

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Mandatory masks on all flights likely

A SPECIAL National Cabinet meeting called by Scott Morrison today is likely to include a call to make it compulsory for passengers to wear a mask on all international and domestic flights departing or entering Australia.

Other health items reportedly on the agenda today include COVID testing of all passengers before and after flights arriving in the country, and whether masks should also be made compulsory in Australian airports.

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Spirit of Tassie adds

IN A move designed to incentivise more travel to Tasmania, Aussies will be able to bring a car or motorbike on the Spirit of Tasmania at no extra charge between 01 Mar & 30 Jun.

The Australian Government made the decision to expand the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme yesterday, which previously offered generous rebates from 01 Jul 2020, to ensure the state’s economy remains competitive through the lean COVID period.

“Visitors who travel to Tasmania by sea are among the most valuable to the industry, they spend more, stay longer & travel further into regional areas,” said Assistant Industry Development Minister Jonathon Duniam.

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Recruiting returns

DESPITE the ongoing significant challenges being faced by the industry, travel specialist recruiter AA Appointments is wanting to encourage the sector with news of some green shoots of recovery.

The company recently filled a TMC Chief Operating Officer role, and is also working to recruit a BDM in Melbourne, a Sales & Marketing exec in Sydney and a Leisure Travel Manager in Bris – see aaappointments.com.au.

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AussieHolidays sale

ENTERPRISING industry players wanting to reinforce a pivot to domestic are being invited to submit expressions of interest for the purchase of the AussieHolidays.com domain name.

The name is being sold by Tony Wilson, who previously headed up the Global Travel Corporation which included operations such as Drive Travel, Canal Boat Holidays and Motorhomes Worldwide (TD 18 Jan 2010).

Expressions of interest can be submitted via the email ahw24643@gmail.com.

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Tjapukai shuts down

AUSTRALIAN indigenous attraction Tjapukai is closing down permanently after failing to withstand the financial burden of the travel shutdown.

The once popular tourism draw located in Cairns had been in operation for close to 30 years and was a prominent employer of indigenous staff in the region, but international borders closed alongside ongoing domestic shutdowns, the attraction has been forced to close for good.

“The closure of Tjapukai is a great loss to the tourism industry as it is a foundation product that set the benchmark for Indigenous cultural tourism experiences in Australia,” lamented Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mark Olsen.

All forward bookings have been cancelled, but for alternative Indigenous activity options, visit Discover Aboriginal Experiences by CLICKING HERE.

MEANWHILE, Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the state’s borders will be closed to all of Greater Sydney until at least 31 Jan.

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WA eyes possible Qld border closure

OPEN borders between WA and Qld may be in doubt, WA Premier Mark McGowan has hinted, with Brisbane going into a three-day lockdown from 6pm today.

“We will monitor the situation in Queensland very closely and our Chief Health Officer will liaise with the health experts over there to provide us with up-to-date & informed advice,” he said.

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Surf’s down bro

HAWAII has suspended all surf competitions indefinitely due to safety management concerns regarding beach crowds.

The cancellations will affect two World Surf League events – the Sunset Open and the Jaws Big Wave Championships.

At last month’s Pipe Masters, 1,100 COVID tests were conducted, with five positives.

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