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Lack of consistency holding back Australians’ travel plans

Lack of consistency holding back Australians’ travel plans
January 10, 2022

Uncertainty over lockdowns, testing requirements and border closures is restricting the travel plans of Australians.

A pre-Christmas poll by the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) indicated that four out of five Australians have either cancelled or are hesitant about their summer holiday travel plans, while one in two had little faith that they can go interstate.

A poll commissioned by the Australian Airports Association (AAA) has indicated that more than six out of 10 travellers were discouraged from booking flights because of border restriction uncertainties.

Of those polled, more than half expressed concern about being placed under lockdown and losing their travel and accommodation expenses.

AAA Chief Executive, James Goodwin stated that the unpredictable border regulations were causing concern.

As the current Omicron strain and increasing case numbers have shown, there is real concern among travellers that borders may once again close, according to Goodwin, who researched 500 Australians who have flown internationally in the last five years.

There will be a significant delay between the opening of state and territorial borders and complete consumer confidence to get back in the air.

The TTF poll found that among 1,500 people surveyed across the country, three out of every 10 Australians have increased their concerns since the introduction of Omicron, and the same amount has cancelled or delayed their vacation plans.

Meanwhile, seven out of 10 are delaying any decisions they might make.

According to Dr Chris Moy, Vice President of the Australian Medical Association, there is a lack of trust among travellers because of border inconsistencies.

Instead, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia must push ahead and adapt to live with the virus.

On Wednesday, when the Federal Cabinet is debating mask mandates and booster shots, he plans to bring up the threat of the new Omicron variety to state and territory leaders.

However, Prime Minister Morrison told reporters last week that the government will not return to the practice of shutting down people’s life, explicitly ruling out any hard lockdowns.

Joe Cusmano.

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Joe Cusmano

An experinced airline and travel industry professional, Joe has over 25 years international airline sales experience of which 18 have been in senior positions in Australia, North Africa and Europe, Middle East and Thailand.

Committed to sharing news and personal experiences, he explains that, post-COVID, "once I resume travelling with people that like me are nomads by nature and love to travel, (I will) provide you with as much advice and tips to make your travel experience a memorable one."

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