The Prime Minister offers 800000 discounted airline tickets as well as loans to struggling tourism companies to ease the pain of JobKeeper’s wage subsidies later this month

The major airlines have praised half-price round-trip flights to more than a dozen regional tourist destinations

But the chief executive of the Flight Center, Graham Turner, says the $ 1.2 billion package will do little for the tourism industry

“I don’t think this will really help. It’s about the borders Keeping the internal borders open and opening the international borders as soon as possible”

Margy Osmond of the Tourism and Transport Forum says cheap flights are a good start, but nowhere near enough to save more jobs in tourism

She wants an easy-to-manage wage subsidy system that is sector-focused, as well as targeted fundraising to prevent the loss of mass jobs

“From accommodation providers and tourism companies to transportation companies, attraction companies, business event organizers and cultural organizations, there are many companies on the wall,” said Ms. Osmond

An estimated 800000 government subsidized tickets offered

Return flights to eligible locations will receive between 1 April and 31st July a 50 percent discount

Initially, the government listed the Gold Coast, Cairns, the Whitsundays and Mackay regions including Proserpine and Hamilton Island, and the Sunshine Coast in Queensland

Lasseter and Alice Springs in the NT, the Tasmanian cities of Launceston, Devonport and Burnie, Broome in WA, Avalon near Melbourne, Merimbula in NSW and Kangaroo Island from SA are also included

Mr Morrison said airfares would help Australians support tourism businesses, businesses, travel agents and airlines struggling during the pandemic

“This package brings more tourists to our hotels and cafes, tours and explores our backyard”

Qantas, Virgin, and a handful of smaller regional airlines will be the main beneficiaries, with airlines that have operated on the routes for the past two years being eligible

Business loans with a term of up to 10 years with a two-year principal and interest repayment vacation are offered between April and the end of the year for small and medium-sized businesses that graduated from JobKeeper this year

The maximum loan is from 1 million USD to 5 million USD increased, and companies with sales of 250 million USD are eligible

Mr Morrison said the measures would mean more jobs and investment if the nation is to win the fight against the coronavirus

“Our tourism companies don’t want to have to rely on government support forever – they want their tourists back,” he said

The package also includes support to employ 8,600 international aerospace workers between April and the end of October This is the earliest chance for overseas flights to be resumed

In return, airlines must reassure the government every month that planes are ready to take off when needed

Airport security fees and other domestic operations fees will continue to be waived, while support for air cargo exports will be expanded

The government will continue payments to zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks for six months and for business events for three months

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Source: https://thewest.com.au/politics/half-price-flights-in-12b-tourism-rescue-ng-s-2052875