6 April 2021
The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) welcomes the opening of the Trans-Tasman travel corridor from April 19.
Chair Tom Manwaring says the ability to travel between Australia and New Zealand without quarantining is a much needed confidence boost but warns of the need for a consistent approach to keeping the corridor open.
Quotes attributable to Chair Tom Manwaring:
“The opening of the Trans-Tasman travel corridor from April 19 is a greatly needed boost to consumer confidence in both markets and many of our members are seeing increased interest in booking NZ albeit primarily to visit friends and family.”
“It’s not a massive increase in business and our sector still desperately needs support but it is a much needed step in the right direction.”
“However, we urge both the Australian and the New Zealand governments to do all they can to ensure now the corridor is open that it stays open. This is important both in terms of consumer confidence in booking travel and from a workload perspective for travel agents who are still working hard on repatriating the outstanding $4bn still owed to Australians by airlines, hotels and tour operators on COVID-impacted travel and managing re-bookings and cancellations as a result of state restrictions.”
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