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AFTA urges Australians to keep travelling

As global tourism faces a hit from coronavirus (COVID-19), the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has encouraged Aussies not to put overseas holidays on hold. 



In a travel industry update on COVID-19, AFTA CEO Jayson Westbury said that Australians should not be scared to travel, and "that while the DFAT travel advisory to China remains at the Level 4 – Do not travel, it is still safe for Australians to travel to other countries".


In its travel trade update, AFTA also reassured the industry that it remains “highly engaged” with Federal Government agencies on matters relating to the virus. 


“The need to keep Australians safe from COVID-19 is paramount and we continue to work with many government agencies as plans and responses are considered and implemented,” Westbury said. 


Late last week, AFTA welcomed the extension of seven days to the current travel ban in place for Chinese nationals entering Australia.


“AFTA welcomes this development as an indication that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation may be heading to a point of completion as a travel challenge,” the organisation said in a statement. 


AFTA has also created a dedicated page on its website to keep members apprised of important updates to the situation.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 18 February 2020

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