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Tourism – Travel Agents

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Monday, 23 November 2020

Tags: Tourism, Jobs

Ms O'CONNOR - Premier, do you have any insights, either at the federal level or from any measures that might be in place at a state level for travel agents? I have had correspondence from people within the travel agent sector and they are really on their knees. There are going to be operators who will go out of business potentially. Do you know if this has been looked at federally or if there are any measures that are being considered for this sector?

Mr GUTWEIN - It has been discussed nationally. I recently met with a travel agency business myself, in fact it would be in the last two to three weeks. Depending on their business structure, some are in desperate straits for obvious reasons. It would be fair to say that we are considering what we might need to do.

At this stage, as the interstate market comes back, unfortunately for most travel agents until international travel returns it is going to be very difficult for them. We are considering some sort of bespoke assistance. They are one of the sectors, along with - I use a sector that has just received some support - in the event sector, those people who put up marquees. In some cases 95 per cent loss of revenue, simply because events were not going ahead. The minister, Ms Courtney, announced a bespoke package for those businesses about five weeks ago, I think it was. We are having a look at travel agents as well.