Wednesday, 02 June 2021 03:05

Bubble – trial or game-changer?

The trans Tasman bubble, at this stage at least, is more useful as a trial run for opening up international borders than a significant generator of business, according to speakers at CAPA (Centre for Aviation) Live this week. Tom Manwaring, executive chairman of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) says surveys of the organisation’s 3000 agents indicate that things are ‘hardly moving’ on the tourism side.

‘The vast majority of travellers are going to stay with families and the economic impact of that is negligible. But it’s a good chance to get the processes right, do some fine tuning and work out what the next stage could be.’

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The desire of Australians to open up the trans Tasman travel bubble was reiterated at the recent Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) summit in Wellington.

Margy Osmond, chief executive of the Tourism and Transport Forum Australia, also emphasised the need to stimulate visitor interest in cities while sustaining the attraction of the great outdoors.

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