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Friday, 10 May 1985
Page: 2104

(Question No. 28)

Mr Jull asked the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism, upon notice, on 22 February 1985:

(1) What arrangements are made between the Australian Tourist Commission (ATC), Qantas, Trans Australia Airlines and Ansett for the carriage of personnel and freight for the promotion of Australian tourism overseas and within Australia.

(2) Do the arrangements allow for free carriage of personnel and freight on official duties; if so, what is the value of this free travel from each carrier to the ATC.

(3) If not, what budget is allocated by the ATC for fares and freight in 1984-85.

(4) Do foreign airlines offer the ATC any free or discounted travel; if so, which are the airlines and what is the expected value of this contribution from each carrier during 1984-85.

Mr John Brown —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) Contra agreement with Qantas-value $130,000. There in no arrangement with TAA and Ansett.

(3) No specific budget allocation for fares and freight. ATC operates on a program/project system-provision for fares and/or freight is included as part of Commission-approved programs.

(4) National carriers of countries where ATC has offices often provide Free of Charge fares for publicists and travel agents jointly sponsored with ATC. Carriers include Pan Am, Continental, British Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Air New Zealand, UTA, KLM, Alitalia, Air India.

No estimate is made of the value of this contribution.