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Australia's half-price tickets lift airlines but hotels remain grounded

$930m stimulus leaves accommodation sector 'for dead,' critics say

Virgin Australia aircraft at Sydney Airport after a thunderstorm. The airline went bankrupt last year in the wake of the pandemic but hopes to receive a boost from the cheap fares.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- Australia's pandemic-ravaged aviation industry has welcomed government stimulus measures for domestic tourism, while hotels and other businesses in the travel sector criticize that the support they need to stay afloat is nowhere to be found.

The 1.2 billion Australian dollar ($930 million) package unveiled last month features federal subsidies for 800,000 half-price air tickets to 13 popular regions, including Cairns and the Gold Coast. The sale runs through the end of July for travel through September.

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