Australia’s Travel Agents and businesses are doing our bit to help Australians travelling keep Australia foot-and-mouth disease free.
The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) says travel professionals are doing what they can to raise awareness of the necessary steps to keep the highly contagious disease out of Australia including:
AFTA continues to work with the Department of Agriculture to finesse resources for travel professionals.
Quotes from Dean Long, CEO AFTA (available for interview)
“Australia’s travel agents and businesses and AFTA are proud to be doing what we can to help keep Australia safe from foot-and-mouth disease. This is a significant threat that all Australians need to understand and take seriously.”
“There are a number of simple steps that anyone coming into Australia and especially those coming from countries where foot-and-mouth exists including Bali and Indonesia can and must take to protect Australia’s livestock industries, and avoid a flow on effect that could cost Australia more than $80 billion if there were an outbreak here.”
“Closing the highly important Indonesian travel corridor at this stage would be a very blunt measure with massive economic and cultural damage for the Australian marketplace and the Australian Travel sector when there are still prevention measures being fully deployed.”
“We obviously need to strike the right balance given everything that is at risk including for Australia’s cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, buffalo, deer and camels and our farmers while also keeping the critical travel artery between Australia and Indonesian including Bali open safely.”
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