AFTA urges industry to join FMD fight

AFTA CEO Dean Long has been in Canberra this week meeting with MPs and officials, with a key topic of discussion being the current high profile threat of Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD).

DOMINATING nightly news bulletins after an outbreak in Bali, AFTA is joining the fight by offering to help mobilise the travel distribution sector to help educate clients about the issue.

Those efforts will include an industry-wide webinar on Wed 03 August 2022 at 2pm AEST, open to everyone who works in travel and tourism.

“We must work together to keep the border open and our country safe, and we have learnt what the impacts of closed borders have on our sector. We encourage everyone – AFTA member or not – to ensure all of your teams register to join the webinar,” Long said.

The free session will give up-to-date and accurate information on what information to pass onto travellers, in particular when travelling to Indonesia. It will also highlight the importance of biosecurity in protecting Australia, and what passengers can do to make their return to Australia as smooth as possible.

Long warned that growing calls from among the community to close the border to Indonesia would have a devastating impact on the travel industry. “We therefore need to be doing everything we can to help our clients not accidentally breach Australia’s quarantine requirements,” he said.

The live streamed event will give opportunities for attendees to ask questions, and the session will also be recorded and available for later viewing on the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website.

To participate use the Live Event Attendee Link to join via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday at 2pm AEST.

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