Rebuilding confidence in Australia

Tourism Portfolio launches DMC-backed circular to keep event planners updated on requirements for Australian group travel.

Tourism Portfolio MD, Donna Kessler, hopes to increase buyer confidence as talk of international border reopening grows.
Tourism Portfolio MD, Donna Kessler, hopes to increase buyer confidence as talk of international border reopening grows.

Sydney-based Tourism Portfolio has launched a monthly circular to keep local meeting and incentive travel planners informed on requirements for Australian group travel.

The circular is backed by information from DMC partners around the world, as talk of international borders reopening gathers speed.

Tourism Portfolio’s Managing Director, Donna Kessler, said: “Europe and many countries are already welcoming groups and local planners should really be thinking now about their future international events to ensure they can travel within the period they want.

“We want to give planners real information and the confidence to start booking with professional DMCs who have weathered the Covid storm and remain financially strong and enthusiastic about the power of incentive travel rewards.”

The circular provides information on the current Covid-19 situation of countries or cities, including vaccination rates, group gathering restrictions, and the specific requirements for Australian travellers.

The first Confidence Corner report includes a focus on DMC IMS, which has offices in Vienna, Budapest and Prague — all of which do not mandate self‐quarantine for Australian groups. However proof of vaccination is mandatory in Vienna.

According to Isabella Hocher, Director of Planning at IMS Vienna, Austria is already looking quite busy for 2022 with “a heavy demand for in‐person events. And 2023 is building up too".

The next issue will feature a destination update on Singapore.



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