Published: Thu, March 11, 2021
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Government unveils $1.2b tourism package - RN Drive

Government unveils $1.2b tourism package - RN Drive

This package has been announced for tourism A few months later the government suspended wage subsidies at the end of the month Additional unemployment will reduce benefits.

The package also includes support to keep 8600 worldwide aviation workers employed between April and the end of October, the earliest chance for flights overseas to resume.

"Sydney is a key hub, it's a major world class city ... we really need to see worldwide borders start to reopen and flights from global (destinations) coming into Sydney", Mr Binskin said.

To run from April 1 to July 31, the 50 per cent discounted air fares are created to help tourism-dependent regions and should support airlines, hotels and hospitality venues, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement on Thursday (March 11).

While this is an economy-wide measure, the government says those eligible will be especially in the tourism sector. To apply, visit the travel voucher scheme website after 10am on Friday.

To claim these flights travellers will need to book a trip directly with an airline on its website - this includes Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar.

It also encompasses Lasseter and Alice Springs in the NT, the Tasmanian towns of Launceston, Devonport and Burnie, Broome in WA, Avalon near Melbourne, Merimbula in NSW and SA's Kangaroo Island.

However, flights, routes and total number of tickets will be driven by demand and subject to negotiations with the airlines.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government would spend Aus$1.2 billion (US$929,000 million) to subsidise 800,000 flights to areas outside major cities that were "heavily dependent on global tourists".

The half-price airfare will be available on Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin.

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, announced a 1.2 billion Australian dollar ($920 million) stimulus package, targeted at the tourism sector of Australia.

The SME loan guarantee which has already backed more than $3bn worth of loans since the start of the pandemic will also be expanded and extended for businesses still on JobKeeper between January 4 and March 28.

Support covering the cost of baggage handlers maintaining their mandatory training, certification and accreditation will also be provided from March 29 to September 30 to ensure the workforce is "ready to stand back up" when the market expands.

Businesses will be able to apply for loans of up to $5m with 24 month repayment holidays and can be used to refinance existing debt.

Mr Morrison said on Thursday that it was too early to confirm overseas travel would resume by October.

An extension of government help for freight.

"The new Tourism Aviation Network Support (TANS) Program will give Australians clear incentives to travel to key domestic tourism areas", the Deputy Prime Minister said. "There really has never been a better time to fly".

The significant investment from the Federal Government will allow airlines to shoulder the cost, although to qualify for the handout, the carriers must have flown the applicable route over the previous two years.

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