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Business backs COVID passports if it means re-opening travel

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The idea of a vaccine passport for domestic as well as international travel has the backing from about 80 per cent of people in a poll conducted by Flight Centre’s subsidiaries.

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The public backing for the documents which would show whether a traveller has had COVID-19 vaccinations was based on the likelihood that it would open up travel. The polling was primarily aimed at business and carried out by Flight Centre Travel Group’s FCM, Corporate Traveller, Flight Centre Business Travel, and Stage and Screen.

More than 1750 people across the LinkedIn channels of the four brands responded, with 81 per cent in favour of a domestic and international vaccine passport, and less than 10 per cent not in support of any passport initiative. 

Flight Centre Travel Group managing director for Australia James Kavanagh said it was clear that people overwhelmingly wanted a form of vaccine passport for business travel to really take off again. 

“There’s no doubt vaccinations lead us down the path to freedom, but before those 70 and 80 per cent thresholds are met, corporate travel is somewhat grounded and people who’ve done the right thing by rolling up their sleeves should have the option to fly freely,” he said.

“We know there is a huge amount of pent-up demand for business travel and the desire to have face-to-face meetings is growing day-by-day. Virtual meetings still have their place and serve a purpose, but nothing beats that human interaction at a corporate and everyday level.

“Travel is critical for companies of all sizes as they look to win and retain new business, and for the retention of their staff. What they crave most is having that certainty to travel if their staff has done the right thing by being vaccinated.

“You just have to look at other nations across the globe to see how business travel volumes come storming back when you are either vaccinated of have a form of vaccination passport.”

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