Open international border “absolute game changer”

Flight Centre Corporate MD James Cavanagh “It has been a long time coming but the critical part is once we open to the world, we stay open, and that will naturally inject real confidence into people wanting to travel"

Flight Centre Corporate welcomed the opening of Australia’s international borders for fully vaccinated business and leisure travellers today (Monday, 21 February 2022), with Managing Director Australia James Kavanagh calling it an “absolute game changer” for corporate travel.

“This is a truly momentous day for businesses big and small – it is they who will lead this country’s economic fightback – and there is no doubt this is an absolute game changer when it comes to Australia being open to the world once again,” Mr Kavanagh said.

“It has been a long time coming but the critical part is once we open to the world, we stay open, and that will naturally inject real confidence into people wanting to travel. Confidence is already rising in the leisure space across the world – now it is time for that happen in the corporate space.”

“There is no doubt visas, exemptions, and quarantine have all been a big hindrance to the corporate world – and although we expect some meetings and events to still exist in a virtual of hybrid manner – now is the time to get on planes to see colleagues, clients, and potential new customers.

“Australia is a global economic powerhouse, and when you look at 2018, exports grew to $438.1 billion with foreign investment hitting record levels – showing Australian exporters were navigating challenging global economic conditions and foreign investors were confident about investing here.

“We are world leaders in vaccination rates and with the gates to Australia open again we have a real possibility to be industry leaders as we open the world for those who want to see and do business.”