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ATIA goes to government with budget ask that supports all members' concerns

The Australian Travel Industry Association (ATIA) has an advocacy checklist that covers resources, training and support measures that apply to all members as part of its 2024-25 pre-budget submission to the Federal Government.

The Australian Travel Industry Association (ATIA) has an advocacy checklist that covers resources, training and support measures that apply to all members as part of its 2024-25 pre-budget submission to the Federal Government.

With almost 2,000 travel businesses as members, ATIA (formerly AFTA) members include the majority of Australian travel advisors, corporate agents, tour operators, wholesalers and destination management companies (DMCs).

From small business support to seamless travel, the association seeks Federal Government action across key areas that concern its members, 92 per cent of which are SMEs and 72 per cent are female.

ATIA pre-budget ask

The 15-page submission includes areas of training and support such as the funding of technology and cybersecurity support for SMEs and the reinstatement of training incentives, traineeships and resources, including mentoring services.

Within passports and border security, ATIA wants measures in place to enhance the digital pathway for passport applications and renewals, including support via travel businesses, plus appropriate funding for the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) and border services.

ATIA CEO Dean Long on couch speaking with Minister Penny Wong.
ATIA CEO Dean Long meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong in 2023.

CEO Dean Long said: “Australia’s retail, corporate and online travel agents, tour operators, wholesalers and consolidators provide the frontline role in supporting Australians’ travel.”

“At least 70 per cent of all international air sales and over 90 per cent of corporate sales are booked through our members while approximately 65 per cent of travellers use travel advisors to book cruises.

“We are asking for common-sense action, including key support for the ATIA members who are small businesses on measures such as cybersecurity, privacy and training as well as ongoing assistance in addressing the massive ongoing workforce and skills shortage.”

Read the full submission here.