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Tuesday, 20 April 1971

Senator WRIGHT - The answers to the honourable senator's questions are as follows:

(1)   Yes, although the report appeared in 'The Australian' on 13th October not the 14th.

(2)   This part of the question falls within the primary responsibility of my colleague, the Minister for Civil Aviation. However ( am aware that, as a result of proposals supported by Qantas at the International Air Transport (IATA) Traffic Conference in Honolulu in September last year, useful concessions were' achieved which should stimulate the flow of United States tourists to Australia. For example:

(a)   Individual inclusive tour fares were reduced by 39 per cent. A 14 daytour can now be arranged between the United Stales West Coast and Sydney for just over $700.

(b)   The elimination of periods in the year during which concessional fares for travel from the United States, to Australia were not available.

(c)   Inclusive tour fares to the Orient from United States of America may now be used for a round Pacific routing so American travellers to Asia can visit Australia during the tour. The fare for a Circle Pacific tour has been reduced by some $320.

The Government strongly supports such moves by Qantas within IATA to lower the cost of travel, as a means of increasing the flow of international tourist traffic to Australia.

An application by a United States charter operator to undertake charter flights to Australia is under consideration.

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