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AFTA Update | Travel Daily 15 September 2020

AFTA’s National Mobilisation Program is in full swing and AFTA is calling upon all members, across the country, to be proactive and arrange to meet with their local Federal Member of Parliament to support AFTA’s Pre-Budget Submission and to raise the plight of travel agents, tour operators and travel wholesalers.

The Pre-Budget Submission, which you can access herE  sets out a compelling case for the Federal Government to provide a Travel Agent Support Package of $125 million as well as a range of additional business measures.

In order to maximise our impact, and our ask of Government, industry has a critical three-week window in the lead-up to the Federal Budget. AFTA therefore needs members to proactively connect with each other, and connect with their local Federal Representative in order to get a meeting in the diary and have a conversation well before the 6 October Federal Budget. If you need support to understand who is in your local electorate, please reach out to AFTA.

Additionally, the AFTA Chair, CEO and Directors are poised, ready to join (virtually) and support you in your meeting with your local Federal MP, so please ask!

To make the meeting process as easy as possible for members, and to ensure maximum impact through aligned messaging, AFTA has developed a mobilisation toolkit which can be access here.

AFTA also ran an informative webinar for members which talks about the budget recommendations, what steps you can take to meet with your local MP to share your story, and how we can work together to get their support of the submission and our industry. You can watch this 20 minute webinar here.

In parallel with our Federal focus, we continue to work directly with all the States and Territories to secure their support for a range of measures including financial and rent relief and we hope to provide members with some good news over the next 2 weeks.

We’d like to thank everyone for their contribution – we’re all in this together and now more than ever before we need to all work together to maximise our impact and ensure that we get as many members of our travel community through to the other side of this pandemic.