Cut-price airline tickets to help bolster tourism23 March
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Australia’s airlines, hotels and caravan parks, restaurants and bars, travel agents and tourism operators are set for a rush of hundreds of thousands of tourists as part of a new $1.2 billion support package from the Morrison Government.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement that while Australia’s economy had recovered 85 percent of its fall from COVID-19, the next step in the Government’s National Economic Recovery Plan would target the businesses, workers and regions still doing it tough.
The Prime Minister said the package’s mix of half-price airline tickets, cheap loans for businesses and direct support to keep planes in the air, and airline workers in their jobs, would be a bridge to a more normal way of life for Australians.
“This is our ticket to recovery – 800,000 half-price airfares to get Australians travelling and supporting tourism operators, businesses, travel agents and airlines who continue to do it tough through COVID-19, while our international borders remain closed,” the Prime Minister said.
“This package will take more tourists to our hotels and cafes, taking tours and exploring our backyard. That means more jobs and investment for the tourism and aviation sectors as Australia heads towards winning our fight against COVID-19 and the restrictions that have hurt so many businesses.”
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The half-price ticket program will initially operate to 13 key regions including:
- The Gold Coast
- The Whitsundays
- Mackay region (Proserpine and Hamilton Island)
- The Sunshine Coast
- Lasseter and Alice Springs
- Launceston, Devonport and Burnie
- And Kangaroo Island.
‘Holiday Dollars’ winners announced
Budget flights ahead of the Easter holidays come as email notifications drop into the inboxes of 15,000 Queensland winners of ‘Cairns Holiday Dollars’.
The vouchers, which were opened up to applications earlier this month, will pay half the cost of holiday experiences in the Far North up to $200.
“This program will support local jobs and pump millions of dollars back into the local economy here in the Far North,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.
“Regardless whether you won a voucher or not, I’m encouraging all Queenslanders to support struggling tourism operators in the Far North in 2021.
“From the Reef to the Rainforest through to great destinations like Port Douglas, there’s something for everyone here in the Far North. Please book a holiday and back local jobs.”
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