Paranoid Qantas cuts 40 year ties with Tourism Australia

Paranoid Qantas cuts 40 year ties with Tourism Australia

first_imgQantas has pulled the plug on its 40-year partnership with Tourism Australia, claiming the tourist bureau’s chairman, Geoff Dixon is out to sabotage the carrier. Earlier this week, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce reportedly wrote a letter, informing Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson he was suspending all ties to the tourism body, including a $50 million joint marketing campaign, The Daily Telegraph reported. The airline’s boss allegedly expressed concern that Mr Dixon, a former Qantas chief executive, is not acting impartially as a government-appointed chairman, instead revealing an eagerness to see current Qantas management removed.In the letter Mr Joyce reportedly said the Tourism Australia chairman was also looking to buy the carrier and was out to sabotage the Qantas’ deal with UAE airline, Emirates.  Although yet to confirm details of the letter, a Qantas spokesperson advised the carrier has suspended future financial support with Tourism Australia due to “potential conflict of interest” with the chairman.“Qantas cannot continue to collaborate with an agency whose chairman is a member of a syndicate committed to unravelling Qantas structure and direction,” the statement read. Despite withdrawing funding, Qantas has confirmed it will move all dollars into state-tourism bodies and other sponsorships. Mr Dixon joined Qantas in 1994 and served as the carrier’s chief executive from early 2001 to 2008.  Dixon/Joyce bout the end of 40 year partnership. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img

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