Travel brand heads' discussion with Minister Kris Faafoi and Kelvin Davis on Monday to discuss the industry's hopes for much needed funding were positive. However the collective, who formed the Proposal for Support of the Travel Agency Sector, say there is still work to do to come to a result that works for all parties.
The group is made up of the David Coombes, managing director, Flight Centre; Mark O'Donnell, chief executive officer, House of Travel; Malcolm MacLeod, chief executive officer, First Travel Group, and Simon McKearney, executive general manager Helloworld.
'The next step is to more accurately quantify the scale of outstanding customer funds and the costs incurring in retrieving them. We'll be working closely with MBIE to form an aligned proposal that will then go to the Ministry of Finance by the end of the week,' the collective says in a statement.
The group understands this is in preparation to be presented at the next cabinet meeting on 7 September. The Ministers were clear that they understand the agency sector's need for clarity.
A meeting was scheduled today with MBIE to discuss the plan of action and keep the momentum going.