Ballarat travel agencies have likened a new federal support package to another six months of Jobkeeper.
The government has announced $130 million for the sector, allowing agencies to receive up to $100,000 in relief.
'I Talk Travel and Cruise' owner Alan Valpied says the money will help pay salaries and expenses.
"At least we're getting something as a bit of help, to help us get through the next three, four or five months while we are still processing refunds and credits for people." Mr Valpied said.
He urged people to support travel agencies and to 'buy local' as travel opens up nationally and around New Zealand with a new 'travel bubble' in place.
Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said local travel agents should apply for funding support in Round 2 of the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program, which opens later this month.
“The Coalition Government has committed $258 million to support our travel agents through the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program,” Senator Henderson said.
“Our Government provided $128 million in Round One to support some 3000 travel agents who continued to serve their customers."
“We are now providing additional support via Round 2 and I encourage local travel agents to check their eligibility and apply for funding," Senator Henderson said.
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