Despite big travel numbers, airlines aren't roaring back yet - Erie News Now

Travel agents told to take a hike

Small and independent travel agents have been shut out from millions of dollars in emergency support as vaccine failures and border uncertainty push businesses to the brink of closure.

Mum and dad operators in NSW are pleading with the federal government to expand the eligibility for its grants scheme after many discovered they did not qualify on unreasonable technical grounds.

The government this week tipped an extra $130m into Round 2 of its Consumer Travel Support Program giving agents between $7,500 and $100,000 if they previously had a turnover of $50,000 and $20m in 2019, and had qualified for Round 1 grants.

Sydney agent Michael West said he was still waiting to hear if his appeal to get the grant was successful after…

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