The Travel Corporation (TTC) has announced it will temporarily pause Australian group touring departures until 1 December 2021 in response to the continued uncertainty around internal borders and travel due to Covid-19.
This decision will affect AAT Kings Guided Holidays (First Choice and Best Buys), Contiki, Trafalgar, Insight Vacations and Inspiring Journeys. AAT Kings Day Tours and Short Breaks programs in the NT will continue to operate in the meantime.
The current operating environment has meant that most of its tours have been impacted by cancellations due to lockdowns and restrictions.
“Without a doubt, Australia and New Zealand have two of the best travel and tourism industries in the world and we sincerely hope that by 1 December 2021 when vaccination rates have reached 70-80 per cent, we can recommence our Australian group touring operations and support our industry through recovery,” TTC Australia CEO David Hosking said in a statement.
The Travel Corporation in Australia and New Zealand will also require all eligible travellers and customer facing team members to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 for Contiki, Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Inspiring Journeys and AAT Kings Guided Holidays (First Choice and Best Buys).
“The health and safety of our staff, clients and suppliers is our priority,” Hosking said.
“We have sought and will continue to take advice, however put simply, it is the right thing to do.
“Following what TTC has already implemented in the US and Europe, we are proud to be taking a positive stance on vaccination requirements for our guests and customer facing team members in Australia and New Zealand.
“Our aim is to help our guests, agency partners and team transition to what is inevitably going to be the ‘new normal’ in safe travel and help the industry rebound in a sustained way.”