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The Australian Federation of Travel Agents and its members continue to strategically press the need for ongoing support as well as the importance of vaccination thresholds unlocking travel.At 11.45 this morning, AFTA Chair Tom Manwaring will appear before the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee as part of the inquiry into the future of Australia’s aviation sector.

This afternoon, the AFTA Board is briefing Federal Opposition Leader the Hon Anthony Albanese.

Tuesday sees AFTA members in the Federal electorate of Wentworth meet with Local Member Mr Dave Sharma at his request. Federal Tourism Minister, the Hon Dan Tehan will also participate.

There is also an AFTA Board meeting on Tuesday with an ongoing focus on navigating the sector through the multiple challenges of COVID and beyond.

Quotes from AFTA Chair Tom Manwaring
“AFTA’s Board and members are very grateful for the ongoing engagement of key political decision makers and influencers from Federal Tourism Minister Dan Tehan and Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese through to local MPs and Senators.”

“We have so many compelling stories of the human cost and strain of the travel sector being in lockdown since March 2020 as well as the tremendous support our members are providing to consumers. It’s pretty hard not to be swayed when you hear them.”

“We need more Australians vaccinated so we reach that all-important 80% threshold as soon as possible. We need State and Territory Governments to stick to Roadmap to Reopening as agreed by National Cabinet. We need ongoing financial support until we are travelling again internationally so that our members can keep doing what they do so well which is supporting Australians through all aspects of travel.”