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Heinemann MD ‘devastated’ by lack of government support of travel retail

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Travel retailers devastated by lack of government support. Image: Reuters.
A $1.2 billion government support package aimed at reviving Australia’s travel industry has failed to cater to travel retailers decimated by the pandemic. The package, which was announced by government on Thursday morning, includes 800,000 half-price airline tickets, loans for SMEs and support to allow airlines to retain staff. But given its focus is only in the domestic market, travel retailers, particularly those in international terminals, will continue to suffer.   Richard Goodma