‘Most bookings at the moment are into Queensland and that’s moving nicely. We’ll see what happens this week but at this stage Queensland is definitely picking up.’
Thomas says the real key is getting most of the population vaccinated.
‘That’s where we are putting a lot of our attention at the moment. The pause situation is working to an extent but there is a long way to go and the Cook Islands and Australia won’t totally solve the industry’s problems. We need long haul to come back and that’s where vaccinations come in.’
Meantime TAANZ, along with the New Zealand Travel Suppliers Group, has a meeting with David Clark, Minister for Consumer Affairs, scheduled in Wellington on Thursday.
Thomas says the aim is to discuss unlocking the $20 million not allocated yet from the Consumer Travel reimbursement Scheme.