Sabotage allegations end Qantas' deal with Tourism Australia
QANTAS has accused the head of Tourism Australia of trying to "unravel" the airline's future plans - ending its 40-year partnership with the peak tourist body and suspending a $50 million marketing deal.
The airline claims the body's boss, ex-Qantas CEO Geoff Dixon, has been part of a consortium trying to change the airline's strategy, including the proposed partnership with Middle East carrier Emirates.
"The Qantas Group has advised Tourism Australia that it is suspending future financial support due to a potential conflict of interest of the agency's chairman," a Qantas spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday.
"Qantas cannot continue to collaborate with an agency whose chairman is a member of a syndicate committed to unravelling Qantas structure and direction."
But the spokesman says Qantas remains committed to supporting Australian tourism.
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