Travel agencies receive support

Travel agents in Barker are set to benefit from sharing in additional funding support of $130m from the Federal Government.

Local travel agents are able to apply for funding support in round two of the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program, which opens later this month. Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the government committed $258m to support agents through the program. “Our government provided $128m in round one to support some 3000 travel agents who continued to serve their customers,” he said.

“We are now providing additional support via round two and I encourage local travel agents to check their eligibility and apply for funding. “Our support for travel agents complements the $1.2b aviation and tourism support package which was designed to get domestic tourists spending and follows the successful JobKeeper program.

“We can all support our local travel agents in Barker by using their services when booking a holiday this year.” Eligible travel agents and tour operators who have received a payment under round one may be entitled to a second payment, ranging from $7500 and $100,000.

To be eligible the business must have been operating a travel agent, inbound tour operator or tour wholesaler business before the announcement of the closure of international borders and are continuing to operate, have a turnover of between $50,000 and $20m (or between $500,000 and $200m total transaction value) for the 2019 calendar year and have been in receipt of the JobKeeper extension.

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