In news that will get you thinking of packing those swimsuits, the government has stated it will offer 50% off flights for 800,000 tourists.
Well isn’t that a nice little boost? Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the $1.2 billion support package as part of the government’s bid to boost the economy after COVID-19.
“This is our ticket to recovery – 800,000 half-price airfares to get Australians travelling and supporting tourism operators, businesses, travel agents and airlines who continue to do it tough through COVID-19, while our international borders remain closed,” Morrison said.
The 50% discount is scheduled to be in place for flights to and from some of the country’s most popular places from April 1st until July 31st. That includes the Easter holidays, baby.
Morrison and his government will be hoping that by getting more tourists travelling, expenditure on the likes of activities and accommodation will make the scheme a success and help in the recovery of some of the hardest-hit regions of Australia.
“This package will take more tourists to our hotels and cafes, taking tours and exploring our backyard. That means more jobs and investment for the tourism and aviation sectors as Australia heads towards winning our fight against COVID-19 and the restrictions that have hurt so many businesses,” he explained.
As per 7News, the destinations initially listed under the scheme include the Gold Coast, Cairns, the Whitsundays and Mackay regions, including Proserpine and Hamilton Island, and the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
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It also encompasses Lasseter and Alice Springs in the NT, the Tasmanian towns of Launceston, Devonport and Burnie, Broome in WA, Avalon near Melbourne, Merimbula in NSW and SA’s Kangaroo Island.
So when April 1st arrives, to snap up the discounted flights head to one of the websites of the major airlines – Qantas, Virgin, and Jetstar. It’s estimated that around 46,000 discounted fares will be offered each week via these websites.