Australia‘s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan stated (24-May-2021) the Government provided AUD258 million (USD200 million) in direct support to travel agents through the ‘COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program’, according to the latest data. Key details include:
- AUD98.6 million (USD76.4 million) in grant funding has been paid under Round One, 2964 travel agents have received payments under the programme and another 172 claims are still being processed;
- AUD19.5 million (USD15.1 million) in grant funding has been paid under Round Two and 945 travel agents have received payments;
The COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program complements broader support for the travel industry that includes:
- AUD1.2 billion (USD930.1 million) aviation and tourism support package, providing 800,000 half-price airfares to stimulate domestic tourism spending;
- Extending the AUD94.6 million (USD73.3 million) Zoos and Aquarium programme by six months and expanding the AUD40 billion (USD31 billion) SME Loan Guarantee Scheme.