Aussies are being warned to put their international holidays on the back burner for at least the rest of 2020.
At the National Press Club yesterday, the federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to open our international borders before the end of the year.
“I do sadly think that in terms of open tourist-related travel in or out of Australia, that remains quite some distance off.
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“Just because of the practicalities of the volumes that are involved and the need for us to first and foremost keep putting health first,” Minister Birmingham said.
The Tourism Minister spoke to the ABC on the matter this morning, saying it’s not all bad news for the economy, which could benefit from domestic tourism while we wait for international travel to come back.
“This is why we really want to see state and territories take down their state borders, because Australians historically spent $20 billion more on travel outside of Australia, than international travellers coming to Australia do spend.
“So it’s a huge opportunity for us to back fill support in to our tourism industry, if Australians who can afford to do so, get out there and enjoy some of the remarkable experiences our country has to offer,” Mr Birmingham said.