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March 18, 2021 Business News No Comments Email Email

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) today met with Tourism Minister the Hon Dan Tehan in Canberra to discuss the design principles for the $130 Million second round of the COVID-19 Consumer Support Grant.Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan who has been a staunch and welcome champion of travel agents and businesses in the National Party party room and on the floor of Parliament was also present.

L-R: The Hon Dan Tehan, Fed Tourism Minister; Darren Rudd, AFTA CEO; David Smith, AFTA Director, Pat Conaghan, Member for Cowper.

AFTA Director David Smith and CEO Darren Rudd also raised the need to ensure the balance of the $128 first round of the Grant program is distributed appropriately and urgently to those travel businesses that so desperately need support.

Quotes from AFTA CEO Darren Rudd:
“The focus of the meeting was the design principles for the $130 Million second round of the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Consumer Support Grant and the need to ensure the balance of the $128 Million round one is distributed appropriately.

In addition to encouraging the Government to look at extending the grant period beyond the current June end, AFTA continues to push for equitable and timely distribution of funds to those travel businesses that so desperately need support.

We thank Minister Tehan for making time to meet with us and for his ongoing support. We also thank Pat Conaghan for his tireless championing of travel agents and travel businesses in his electorate and around Australia.

There are a number of additional briefings with key Ministers, Shadow Ministers and key political and departmental influencers as well this week. We will continue to keep you updated.

The AFTA Board and Team are united in our focus on securing and maximising support for our members.”

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