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Where will you go first when the bans are lifted?

Gremlin

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Have not spoken to the bloke for a few weeks, but sent a message and he suggested they were mainly 'rebooking' or 'cancelling' clients' fares.

Hard to think of many travel agents who wouldn't have been extremely badly hit. In smaller firms there must be a lot of stand downs/ redundancies if they're not sole traders. They just won't have the cashflow to keep paying staff I'd suspect.

I don't want to contact the chap as it's sort of embarrassing if you know what I mean.

All the publicity is about Flight Centre and to some extent Helloworld but what about online Webjet, bricks and mortar STA Travel and those (largely women) who are sort of franchisees and tend to book upper end overseas holidays? I think one group is called Travel Counsellors.

One of the worst features of "it" must be that there's no certainty about an 'end date', so few of us may have the confidence to book ahead. I don't know anyone in my circle who's game enough to book an overseas leisure trip yet.

Some AFFers are braver but that to me is a minority view not reflective of the community.
I have a friend in the TA world who is having to pay back lots of commissions "earned" on bookings that are now being cancelled. Her guess is that it will be a substantial five figure amount over the next couple of months. With no guarantees that she will keep her job ongoing and virtually no prospect of new sales. She and her husband have some money squirrelled away, but for some of her colleagues that money has already been spent and they are very, very concerned...
 

Flashback

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I have a friend in the TA world who is having to pay back lots of commissions "earned" on bookings that are now being cancelled. Her guess is that it will be a substantial five figure amount over the next couple of months. With no guarantees that she will keep her job ongoing and virtually no prospect of new sales. She and her husband have some money squirrelled away, but for some of her colleagues that money has already been spent and they are very, very concerned...
I've found the same here (London), a lot of my contractor mates tend to earn/burn their cash rather than building up a war chest. Some of those have a longer term view and make sure there's a bit of a war chest in place for when that rainy day comes. Well, with COVID-19 it's definitely come, but for most it was due to come anyway with the tax reform that was being brought in, known to many here as IR35. Fortunately I fall in the latter camp and have a war chest in place, so while I'm jobless right now it's not an immediate concern fortunately.
 

nickfromeastryde

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Sep 25, 2010
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To the closest pub where I may well "self-isolate" for another 14 days just to be safe then off to Colombia.

My son, DIL and one year old granddaughter there, they were supposed to be here now for Mrs Nick's 60th birthday this month but that has fallen over. I was supposed to go over there in June, my son and I were going to follow the Aussie football team around Argentina watching them getting thumped in the Copa America but all of that has fallen through as well.

So glad we made a last minute decision to spend Christmas just gone with them however realistically I can see this dragging on much longer than 2020 so breaking my heart at the moment thinking it may be one or even two years before we get to see them again.
 

CityRail

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When bans are lifted the first place I will go is to Hong Kong.
I really hope that I can go there on 6th of September, because there's where Legislative Council election is being held, so that I can support the rioters by voting out the pro-Peking camp.
Also Hong Kong is where my parents live and being separated from my parents is not a good thing.
 
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