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Travel agents, businesses can now apply for Govt grants


Grants come at ‘critical time’ for sector: AFTA

Eligible travel agents and tour operators can now apply for one-off grants via the Services Australia Business Hub. 

 

 

To be eligible for the grants, which range from $1,500 to $100,000 per entity, businesses must:

-be a travel agent or tour operator

-be incorporated or registered in Australia as at 30 November 2020 with AFTA or other peak bodies 

-have business turnover of between $50,000 and $20 million for the 2019 calendar year

-have been eligible for a JobKeeper fortnight in October (either 28 September 2020–11 October 2020 or 12 October–25 October). 

 

Eligible travel businesses can access the grant application here and will have three months to apply.  

 

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) says the Federal Government’s $128 million travel industry support package comes at a critical time for the 40,000 people employed in the sector. 

 

“Given the numerous constructive, collaborative conversations had to date with Government, AFTA hopes this measure is the first of a number of support mechanisms including the tailored evolution of JobKeeper for our sector,” AFTA CEO Darren Rudd said. 

 

“As the Prime Minister himself has acknowledged in Question Time recently, travel agents will need ongoing support for some time.”

 

“AFTA looks forward to continuing to work closely with Government and Government agencies to ensure the implementation detail is right and that those travel agencies, tour operators and tour wholesalers who are unable to access funding through corporate debt raising receive the ongoing support they need to stay in business and continue to support their employees, clients and customers.”

 

AFTA says it is also working on securing extra support for the travel industry including JobKeeper 3.0.

 

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Written by: Mark Harada


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