Australian travel agents with turnover between $50,000 and $20 million will receive grants ranging from $1500 to $100,000, the Federal Government has announced.
Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham (pictured) said: “This one off payment recognises that travel agents are operating in an exceptional set of circumstances where most are having to refund last year’s income while continuing to work with no additional income.”
He said the payments will “help keep them afloat at a time when they are continuing to hold travel credits for consumers who have previously cancelled travel.”
Australian Federation of Travel Agents Chief Executive Officer Darren Rudd, who has lobbied for government support through much of 2020, said the the payments “acknowledge the unique and challenging circumstances that travel agents have been confronted with.”
Final details of the funding are still being worked through and will be announced in due course.
Because of the $20 million turnover cap, large national businesses such as Flight Centre, which owns it stores, will not be eligible for support.