Fall out from Qantas spat rumbles on at Tourism Australia

29th Nov 2012
Fall out from Qantas spat rumbles on at Tourism Australia

Officials at Tourism Australia have come out in support for chairman Geoff Dixon following a spat with Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.

Earlier this week Australian flag-carrier Qantas confirmed it would suspend funding for Tourism Australia unless Dixon stepped down from his role with the tourism body.

Qantas accuses Dixon, a former Qantas chief executive, of colluding with a rebel investor group calling for change in the strategic direction of the airline.

The group has questioned the value of a recent deal between Qantas and Emirates, which will see the Australian carrier move its European and Middle Eastern gateway to Dubai.

“It is a clear conflict that needs to be resolved,” Joyce told an industry audience at a National Aviation Press Club lunch in Sydney.

Qantas said it would now direct the funds toward state tourism organisations until the matter was resolved.


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