Airlines launch international flights sales to lure tourists back to Australia

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Relief for tourism operators as airlines launch international flights sales to lure holidaymakers back to Australia after Covid testing rules for travellers were relaxed

  • Virgin Australia has discounts on up to 1.5 million flights, including international
  • From April 17 flight travellers will no longer require a negative Covid test result
  • Government to provide $75.5 million for travel agents and tour service providers

As restrictions are further eased in a bid to reboot Australia’s pandemic-ravaged travel sector, international visitors are being wooed Down Under.

Nearly two years of Covid border restrictions have crippled the once-thriving industry.

Budget carrier Virgin Australia announced discounts on up to 1.5 million flights, including short-haul international destinations.

The Back to Holidays sale runs until midnight April 4 or until sold out, with a 25 per cent bonus discount on fares for children aged between two and 11.

Budget carrier Virgin Australia announced discounts on up to 1.5 million flights, including short-haul international destinations

Budget carrier Virgin Australia announced discounts on up to 1.5 million flights, including short-haul international destinations

However it’s international travellers to Australia the federal government most hopes to entice with the easing of travel rules.

While still needing to be fully vaccinated, from April 17 they will no longer require a negative Covid test result to board a flight to Australia.

Health Minister Greg Hunt says the rule will be dropped, like the ban on cruise ships.

Qantas launched a campaign on Friday to showcase the country as a prime international destination.

The ads feature iconic local landscapes, while the country’s sporting and cultural stars sing I Still Call Australia Home with members of the Australian Girls Choir, National Boys Choir and Gondwana Choir.

Group chief executive Alan Joyce says a new version of the Peter Allen classic will be the carrier’s anthem.

While still needing to be fully vaccinated, from April 17 they will no longer require a negative Covid test result to board a flight to Australia

While still needing to be fully vaccinated, from April 17 they will no longer require a negative Covid test result to board a flight to Australia

‘The full version of this advert is effectively a short film that highlights Australia’s stunning natural beauty and unique culture while celebrating the incredible resilience that has really shone through recently,’ he said.

New financial supports for the tourism industry have also been announced.

The government will provide $75.5 million for travel agents and tour arrangement service providers to continue to operate and re-book travel credits.

A further $60 million over three years will entice more visitors from new international markets, including additional support for the Business Events bid fund attracting major events to Australia.

LATEST 24-HOUR COVID-19 DATA FROM ACROSS AUSTRALIA:

NSW: 17,450 cases, one death, 1171 in hospital including 47 in ICU

Victoria: 7466 cases, five deaths, 260 in hospital including 19 in ICU

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