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VIC/NSW Border closure disappointing but necessary

[6 July 2020]: The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) today said the decision to close the Victoria – New South Wales border was disappointing but necessary.

AFTA, the peak industry body which represents 3000 travel agents and their 40,000 employees, has been working constructively with Government as well as other industry associations, and key stakeholders in the tourism sector.

Quotes attributable to Darren Rudd, AFTA CEO:

“AFTA will continue to work collaboratively with Government at a Federal, State and Territory level to constructively navigate these incredibly confronting times.”

“We acknowledge that the primary focus of Government and Health Authorities is protecting lives and containing the spread, whilst also re-booting the economy in a sensible way.”

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MEDIA CONTACT: Joanne Arancibia, 02 9287 9985,

Notes to Editors:
The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) is the peak body in Australia representing the retail travel industry. Founded in 1957, AFTA represents the majority of travel agents in Australia and includes all of the major travel agency groups.

AFTA is supporting the travel agency community, travelling public and travel suppliers to the best of our ability during this COVID-19 pandemic.

The ATAS accreditation scheme that is operated by AFTA remains in place and consumers can seek information about their travel plans which have been booked via an ATAS accredited travel agent at

We wish all travel industry stakeholders and the travelling public a safe outcome to this dreadful pandemic and look forward to a time in the near future when we can all return to travelling.