Pictured: Mr Joyce during a meeting with New England travel agents discussing ways to further support the industry.
Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said travel agents in the New England would benefit from sharing in additional funding support of $130 million from the Coalition Government.
Mr Joyce said local travel agents could apply for funding support in Round 2 of the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program, which opens later this month.
“I have been meeting with local travel agents in the New England and advocating for more support so I welcome this extra funding through the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program,” Mr Joyce said.
“Our Government has provided $258 million in funding support under this program, including $128 million in Round One to some 3000 travel agents who continued to serve their customers.
“We are now providing additional support via Round 2 and I encourage local travel agents to check their eligibility and apply for funding.
“Our support for travel agents complements the $1.2 billion aviation and tourism support package and follows the successful JobKeeper program.
“We can all support our local travel agents in New England by using their services when booking a holiday this year.”
Eligible travel agents and tour operators in New England who have received a payment under Round One may be entitled to a second payment, ranging between $7,500 and $100,000. To be eligible the business must:
• Have been operating a travel agent, inbound tour operator or tour wholesaler business prior to the announcement of the closure of international borders, and are continuing to operate that business;
• Have a turnover of between $50,000 and $20 million (or between $500,000 and $200 million Total Transaction Value - TTV) for the 2019 calendar year; and
• Have been in receipt of the JobKeeper extension (28 September 2020 to 28 March 2021).
To ensure equity, businesses found to have received a payment based on TTV in Round One that was greater than they would otherwise have received if the payments for Round One and Two were calculated on turnover, will not be eligible for a Round Two payment.
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