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MEDIA RELEASE: AFTA welcomes Tasmania’s decision to implement “safe travel bubbles”

[28 July 2020:] The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) said the Tasmanian Government’s plans to implement “safe travel bubbles” with South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia from 7 August was a common-sense approach.

Quotes attributable to Darren Rudd, AFTA CEO:

Travel bubbles between states and countries that are already low risk is the most realistic solution to re-opening our borders in a controlled and responsible way. There is also a compelling economic imperative to do so.

While the easing of border restrictions in most states is good news, the reality is that until international borders open, the travel and tourism sector as a whole will continue to struggle and ongoing tailored support is key.

Whether these travel bubbles mean you’re back travelling for work or finally getting away for that much-needed break or visiting family and friends, by booking with your local accredited ATAS travel agent, you get experience you can trust.

Tasmanian Agents:

Kathy Granger, Burnie and Smithton Travelcentres. Kathy has owned and run the business for 10 years and is supporting 5 staff now.

The borders opening is vital for travel agents. We need borders open so we can start building packages to get people out of the mainland and back into Tasmania.

While our business won’t really pick up until international borders open, we welcome today’s announcement as a first step.

I’ve been able to pull together a group of 14 to travel to Norfolk Island for a group tour in April 2021, but I need borders open to make this a reality.

Baden Brown, Launceston Travel and Cruise Centre. He and brother Andrew own and run the business and support 6 staff. 31 years in travel.

With day by day changes to domestic border restrictions, there’s a lot of uncertainty for travel agents, so domestic borders opening is a small positive for Tasmanian agencies like us, but it’s still important.

We have always been big advocates of supporting local, and now more than ever, we need those travellers to support their local travel agencies for domestic travel.