To relaunch the domestic tourism, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that his government will dedicate 1.2 billion Australian dollars (778,000 euros) to subsidize some 800,000 plane tickets to regions far from large cities and ” heavily dependent on international tourism “.
At a time when the island-continent borders remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these half-price tickets aim to encourage Australians to go on vacation to domestic destinations as famous as the Great Barrier Reef, the sacred site for the Aborigines of Uluru and the beaches of the Gold Coast. Thirteen domestic destinations are offered.
These subsidized tickets will be available from April, with the Canberra government and Australians hoping to help support domestic tourism. The initiative has been hailed by struggling airlines Qantas and Virgin Australia, while other sector players consider it insufficient. Scott Morrison said this program will help make a “ transition to a more normal lifestyle for Australians “, Adding that the tourism sector” does not want to depend on government support forever “.
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