Our travel industry is currently dealing with unprecedented disruption, confusion and financial hardship due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus.
Everyone at Traveltalk is deeply concerned about the effect this will have on the hard working men and women of the Australian travel industry, our loyal advertisers and travel wholesalers, and the local businesses who survive on tourism.
Rest assured, as the situation unfolds, we will continue to support them as we have for nearly half a century and we'll continue to do so once the situation returns to something resembling normality.
We welcome the government’s funding package to help the travel industry and its suggestion that Australians should take their holidays at home in 2020. Our own editor has taken this advice and will be visiting some bushfire affected regions in South Australia, reporting back on the situation and also pumping much needed funds into the local economy.
Traveltalk is also supporting the “postpone, don’t cancel” initiative which is asking consumers not to abandon their holiday bookings. If this situation has taught us anything it is that - now more than ever - the value of booking with a travel professional is paramount.
Agents are currently working tirelessly to help their clients, all while literally watching their income go out the door. We’ve also had e-mails from consumers who have booked their travel online and now find themselves with little or no avenue for refunds.
When the international travel ban is lifted and people do start travelling again, travel agents are going to be a hot commodity, so make sure you support them now when they need it most.
In the meantime, our website and digital channels will supply all the essential information you need as the situation develops and likewise our newsletters will continue to go out.
We've also just released our March magazine, which continues to promote the Australian travel industry during this unique situation in which we all find ourselves.
Among the many interesting, entertaining and informative features, you'll find a special report on the boom in solo travel, how the travel industry is helping in the bushfire relief effort and some great suggestions for a domestic holiday at home, in line with the government initiative.
All this plus someone is going to win a luxurious sleeping bag, ideal for those winter camp outs.
We hope everyone in the travel industry remains safe and well during these difficult times. Our community is tight-knit and resilient and you can rest assured Traveltalk will be there, supporting Australia’s travel industry for the next 50 years.
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