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Australia plan travel bubble

Australia are planning to open a "travel bubble" with their neighbours in New Zealand in a bit to restart the tourism industry after the coronavirus pandemic.

Simon Westaway, executive director at the Australian Tourism Industry Council, has revealed they are looking at the different ways to restart tourism in the country following the world health crisis that has stopped most travelling.

He said: "The broader reality is the global travel market is in a very bad way. In our part of the world and around the trans-Tasman route it makes clear sense that a travel bubble can work in our neck of the woods."

Qantas, Australia's national airline, are "comfortable" with the idea, and hoped the travel bubble would be further extended when the time was right.

The airline's chief executive, Alan Joyce, added: "It's a positive we weren't expecting up till now and hopefully it can be established as a model to open part by part the international network when various countries have a control on COVID-19. If the New Zealand bubble idea gets traction and that we're comfortable with that and that seems like it's working well, then a similar approach could be done with markets where countries have COVID-19 under control."

New Zealand would also be onboard with the idea.

Chris Roberts, chief executive of New Zealand's tourist board Tourism Industry Aotearoa, shared: "If New Zealand and Australia can show this can work, then it is likely to be adopted elsewhere. It could be 12-18 months before we return to open borders ... After Australia, New Zealand would likely look to places like Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and South Korea which are doing well in the fight against COVID-19 as the next places to re-establish links with."

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