Business groups push to open international borders for economic boost

Original article by Jennifer Duke
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 20-Aug-20

Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry CEO James Pearson is among the business leaders who have urged the federal government to re-open the nation’s international borders as soon as possible. He describes it as a "critically important step" in the Australian economy’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and he argues that domestic markets cannot sustain high employment and living standards. Australian Industry Group CEO Innes Willox and Business Council of Australia CEO Jennifer Westacott have also called for international travel restrictions to be eased as soon as possible.

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AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, THE AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY GROUP, BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA

Australia very unlikely to allow foreign tourists this year

Original article by Hans van Leeuwen
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 18-Jun-20

Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham has conceded that Australia’s borders are likely to remain closed to international visitors for the rest of 2020. He says the nation’s strict border controls have contributed to its success in containing the coronavirus’s spread. Recent data shows that there was a 99.7 per cent downturn in international arrivals in April as lockdown restrictions took effect. The federal government hopes travel between Australia and New Zealand can resume before the end of the year.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS

Isolate rule to kill airlines: Flight Centre

Original article by Simon Evans
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 16-Mar-20

Flight Centre CEO Graham Turner does not expect that self-quarantining people who arrive in Australia will be effective in stopping the coronavirus from spreading, while he warns that it will have a major impact on airlines and the domestic economy. Meanwhile, Qantas and Jetstar will offer travel credit vouchers to customers who want to cancel domestic and international flights that have been booked up to the end of May. Virgin Australia has advised that it is still considering its response to the new travel restrictions.

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FLIGHT CENTRE TRAVEL GROUP LIMITED – ASX FLT, QANTAS AIRWAYS LIMITED – ASX QAN, JETSTAR AIRLINES PTY LTD, VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX VAH

Virus puts nation on war footing

Original article by Geoff Chambers, Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 16-Mar-20

The global death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 6,492. More than 168,000 people worldwide have been diagnosed with the respiratory illness, including 300 in Australia, while the nation has recorded its fifth death from the pandemic. The federal government has announced that all people arriving in Australia from overseas will be required to self-isolate for 14 days; those who fail to do so can be jailed for up to 12 months and fined up to $50,000. International cruise ships will also be banned from Australian ports for at least 30 days, while a ban on non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people takes effect on 16 March.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Flying high: Qantas and Air New Zealand soar at 2017 Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards for Travel

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 26-Feb-18

Roy Morgan has announced the winners of its 2017 Customer Satisfaction Awards for the Australian tourism and travel industry. Qantas was named the Domestic Airline of the Year, while it also took out the award for Domestic Business Travel Airline of the Year. It has won both awards for a fourth consecutive year, winning all 12 monthly awards for Domestic Business Travel Airline. Air New Zealand was named the International Airline of the Year for the first time, with 11 monthly wins.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, QANTAS AIRWAYS LIMITED – ASX QAN, AIR NEW ZEALAND LIMITED – ASX AIZ

Destination cyberspace: Australia’s most popular travel and tourism websites

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 21-Jun-16

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey has found that 13.7 per cent of Australians aged 14+ (2.7 million people) visited the Qantas website in an average four weeks during the year to March 2016. This was followed by the Booking.com and Jetstar websites, which each attracted 9.7 per cent of the population (or 1.9 million people) in an average four weeks. Besides the airlines and the Flight Centre website, the Top 15 travel websites are dominated by online-only businesses: mainly booking sites, but also News Corp-owned news.com.au/travel (5.3 per cent) and Fairfax-owned Traveller.com.au (3.8 per cent).

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED, QANTAS AIRWAYS LIMITED – ASX QAN, BOOKING.COM BV, JETSTAR AIRLINES PTY LTD, VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX VAH, TRIPADVISOR LLC, FLIGHT CENTRE TRAVEL GROUP LIMITED – ASX FLT, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED – ASX FXJ, WOTIF.COM HOLDINGS LIMITED