Queensland and Victoria push to slash number of international arrivals in Australia

Original article by Yara Murray-Atfield
abc.net.au – Page: Online : 30-Jun-21

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called for a "massive reduction" in the number of international travellers who are allowed into Australia in the wake of the latest wave of COVID-19 lockdowns across the country. Palaszczuk adds that international travellers should be quarantined in dedicated facilities such as Howard Springs in the Northern Territory, rather than hotels. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews also supports a big reduction in overseas arrivals, contending that it is preferable to locking down entire cities or states if the coronavirus leaks from the hotel quarantine system. More than 35,000 Australians remain stranded overseas, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

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Vaccine passports risk a two-class country

Original article by Rosie Lewis
The Australian – Page: 4 : 21-May-21

Business leaders have questioned the merits of the federal government’s proposed ‘vaccine passport’ system for domestic travellers. It would allow fully vaccinated people to travel interstate and return without being subject to COVID-19 restrictions. Restaurant & Catering CEO Wes Lambert says it would be "very cumbersome" and create more red tape; he adds that it might also create two classes of Australians, based on their vaccination status. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and New South Wales counterpart Gladys Berejiklian both oppose the scheme. Meanwhile, five new COVID-19 cases have been reported in hotel quarantine nationwide in the last 24 hours.

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Queensland is the favoured pick for longer holidays during the pandemic with international borders closed

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 17-May-21

New data from Roy Morgan’s Holiday Travel Intention Leading Indicator Report shows that 5.68 million Australians (26.9% of those aged 14+) in the March quarter intend to take a holiday during the next 12 months. Of these travellers there were 5.24 million set on taking a domestic holiday and a further 340,000 planning an overseas holiday – although according to the Federal Budget the international borders are set to remain closed for holidaymakers until early next year. There were a small number of prospective travellers who couldn’t decide whether their holidays would be domestic or international. For those planning a holiday of at least three nights Queensland is now the top destination for 24.9% of travellers, just ahead of New South Wales (22.7%); Victoria (11.6%) and Western Australia (11.1%) are significantly further behind. Other holiday makers have opted for another domestic destination, an international destination (which will have to be reconsidered with borders set to remain closed), or do not yet have any particular destination in mind at all. In 2019 prior to the pandemic New South Wales had been the top domestic destination for holidays of at least three nights, chosen by 17.2% of travellers – just ahead of Queensland (16.4%) and Victoria (15.3%). These are the latest findings from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, derived from comprehensive in-depth interviews with 1,000 Australians each week or over 50,000 each year.

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Call for medevac-style repatriation flights for Australians with Covid from India

Original article by Calla Wahlquist
The Guardian Australia – Page: Online : 17-May-21

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended the federal government’s policy on repatriating Australian citizens and permanent residents in India. The first repatriation flight arrived in Darwin on 15 May, with just 80 returned travellers aboard; they are now at the Howard Springs quarantine facility. Another 42 people who tested positive for COVID-19 and 30 close contacts were barred from the flight. Morrison says it does not make sense to import COVID-19 into Australia by allowing people who have tested positive to board repatriation flights. However, epidemiologist Catherine Bennett contends that vulnerable Australians abroad who have the coronavirus should be treated as medical evacuees rather than returned travellers. Some of the people who were barred from the flight have since tested negative.

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Revolving door – Thousands cleared to jet in and out of Australia multiple times during pandemic

Original article by Tom Minear, Miles Proust
Herald Sun – Page: 1 & 6 : 13-May-21

The Budget papers show that the federal government does not expect the majority of Australians to be able to travel overseas until at least mid-2022. However, Australian Border Force data shows that 134,758 citizens and permanent residents have received exemptions to travel overseas since the pandemic began. This includes 37,456 people who received a travel exemption on compassionate or humanitarian grounds, while 13,762 were allowed to leave Australia and return on multiple occasions. An ABF spokeswoman says the latter includes Australian Defence Force members and airline staff. Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews says the federal government will review the exemptions process.

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COVID travel ban extended, as Australia reaches astonishing virus milestone

Original article by
The New Daily – Page: Online : 9-Dec-20

Australians will be prohibited from travelling overseas until at least 17 March. Health Minister Greg Hunt has cited the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis overseas for the decision to extend the ban, which was slated to expire on 17 December. The ban also prevents international cruise ships from entering Australian waters. Meanwhile, the number of active cases across Australia has fallen to 42, with returned travellers in hotel quarantine accounting for all but one of these cases. Victoria has had no active cases for 39 days; however, six returned travellers have been isolated in a special ‘hot’ hotel in Melbourne after showing symptoms of the coronavirus. Another returned traveller has tested negative for COVID-19 after arriving in Melbourne on 7 December.

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Travel industry eyes Consumer Confidence index as new report shows close link to holiday intentions

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 28-Oct-20

Newly-released Roy Morgan data shows just how closely travel intentions are linked to Consumer Confidence. With gains in Confidence continuing, the Travel and Tourism industry will be hoping to see Australians’ holiday intentions start to climb out of the chasm caused by COVID-19. The latest Roy Morgan Leading Indicator: Holiday Travel Intention report shows that during the April to June quarter, a period in which the full scale of the pandemic’s effect was becoming apparent, 5.79 million Australians said they intended to take a holiday in the next 12 months. This is well under half the 13.2 million who had that intention in the equivalent quarter of 2019. The report measures intention to travel in the short- to mid-term, rather than simply recording past trips – by doing so it allows the industry to plan strategically. The data is drawn from Single Source, the country’s largest, deepest and longest-running repository of information on consumer behaviour. It shows that people’s intention to travel over the next 12 months is tightly linked to the confidence they are feeling in the overall economy.

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Qld border closure irrational, discriminatory: silk

Original article by Chris Merritt
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 10-Jun-20

A Brisbane-based travel agency is the lead plaintiff in a High Court challenge to the legal validity of the Queensland government’s coronavirus-induced border closure. The six plaintiffs want the government to disclose the information it relied upon when deciding to close the state’s borders. Amongst other things, they contend that the border closure breaches their constitutional right to travel freely within Australia and goes beyond what is necessary to control the virus’s spread.

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More than 2 million thwarted overseas holiday-makers ready to be wooed by domestic tourism

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 9-Jun-20

With Australians unable to holiday overseas for the foreseeable future there is a huge opportunity for local travel and tourism operators to win ‘bonus’ business from nearly 2.2 million people. That’s how many who, as recently as March, were planning to head off on an international jaunt in the next 12 months. The data comes from the latest Roy Morgan Leading Indicator Report: Holiday Travel Intention, which also captures the difference in length of domestic and overseas holidays planned pre-pandemic, revealing millions of nights which were to be spent elsewhere and are now potentially convertible into travel within Australia.

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Leaders’ spat a risk to our national unity

Original article by Craig Johnstone, Sarah Elks
The Australian – Page: 5 : 22-May-20

Professor AJ Brown of Griffith University says a war of words between state leaders over restrictions on interstate travel may undermine the national cabinet’s spirit of co-operation during the coronavirus pandemic. The professor of public policy and law says it is "surprising and a little disappointing" that New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian is calling for state borders to be reopened for economic reasons. NSW has criticised Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for signalling that her state’s borders may remain closed until September.

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