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Dear Member,

The AFTA Directors had a busy week in Canberra last week covering multiple agenda items which included:

  • the need for ongoing support for our members until international travel resumes including extension and expansion of the grants program;
  • the urgent need for Safe Travel Zones;
  • Business Lending and Small Business Loans;
  • COVID passports and vaccination rollout;
  • Consumer and Corporate Australia Confidence;
  • Chargebacks;
  • the value of Travel Agents now and for Australia's future;
  • Keeping Skills in our sector; and
  • the importance of our sector to Australia's economy.

AFTA met with and briefed a range of political, bureaucratic and industry stakeholders including:

Political Stakeholders:

  • The Hon Dan Tehan, Minister for Tourism
  • Senator the Hon Dan Farrell, Shadow Minister for Tourism (ALP)
  • ALP Senator Glenn Sterle, Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport (RRAT) Senate References Committee
  • Nationals Senator Susan McDonald, Deputy Chair of the RRAT
  • Liberal Senator Slade Brockman, Chair of Senate Economics Legislation Committee
  • ALP Senator Tony Sheldon, Chair of the Select Committee on Job Security
  • The Hon Kay Hull AM, Nationals President and Dr Theresa Craig, Nationals Federal Treasurer
  • Backbenchers from the Liberal, National and Labor parties

Heads of Industy:

  • Jenny Lambert and John Hart, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • James Goodwin, Australian Airports Association (AAA)
  • Demus King, Minerals Council
  • Michael Matthews and Andrew Hiebl, Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB)
  • Jess Wilson, Business Council of Australia
  • Dean Long, Accommodation Association
  • Convergence Technology who are working with the Singapore Government, Canadian provinces and IATA on blockchain solutions for the international health passport.

Key Foreign Diplomatic Partners:

  • His Excellency Mr Kwok Fook Seng, High Commissioner, Singapore High Commission
  • Swon Kim Economic Counsellor, Embassy of Korea
  • Monique Roos, Senior Commercial Specialist (Tourism) US Embassy
  • Fabio Spadi, Head of Political Section, EU Delegation to Australia
  • Daniele Loi, Head of Trade, Media and Culture Office, Italian Embassy

These meetings were in addition to our ongoing dialogue with Australia, ACCC, Treasury and the Australian Banking Association.

If you have any questions, please contact the team at afta@afta.com.au

We will continue to keep you updated.