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2 April, 2021

Aussies encouraged to take up half-price airfare ticket to help tourism industry

FEDERAL Member for Dawson, George Christensen is encouraging locals to get their half-price airfare ticket

By Andrew Sorensen

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen is encouraging locals to act quickly to secure a half-price airfare to one of our top tourist destinations.

The Morrison Liberal National Government’s 800,000 half-price airfare tickets to support the aviation and tourism industries are now on sale.

“I encourage everyone in our region to take advantage of our Government’s half-price flights, book a holiday and support our tourism destinations that have been hardest hit by the closure of international borders, and indeed state borders,” Mr Christensen said.

“We need Australians to take a holiday because every dollar spent on an Australian holiday is a dollar that supports someone’s job, someone’s business and our tourism industry.

“We want Aussies to do their patriotic duty and book a well-earned holiday this year, and while they’re away to eat at restaurants, go to the pubs, and book tours and experiences to get money flowing.”

Mr Christensen said flights from North Queensland will not be discounted, but flights from major cities to certain regional centres will be half-price.

“These discounted flights are designed to drive domestic tourists to regional destinations, so locals will pay full price to Brisbane, but then receive a discount from Brisbane to Launceston for example.

“The half-price flights will be available through travel agents or directly from the airline’s website through until 31 July, and tickets can be purchased for travel to 30 September 2021, so I urge everyone to act quickly and start planning that next getaway.”

The half-price flights are part of the Morrison Liberal National Government’s $1.2 billion tourism and aviation support package, which will also provide low interest loans to small businesses, and additional support for airlines, airports and ground-handling companies to maintain jobs and capacity.

The half-price ticket program will initially operate to 15 key regions including; the Gold Coast, Tropical North Queensland (Cairns), Townsville, the Whitsundays (Proserpine and Hamilton Island), the Sunshine Coast, Darwin, Lasseter and Alice Springs, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie, Hobart, Broome, Avalon, Merimbula, Adelaide and Kangaroo Island.

The Government is also launching an $8 million advertising campaign to promote the 15 tourism regions included as part of the cheap flights initiative.

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