Tourism Aust to consider Qantas funding
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SYDNEY, Nov 28 AAP
November 28 2012, 1:40PM
Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy says the tourism body's board will consider Qantas' suspension of funding support later on Wednesday.
Qantas moved to break ties with Tourism Australia because of a potential conflict of interest with its chairman Geoff Dixon, a former chief executive of the Flying Kangaroo.
The conflict is caused by Mr Dixon's involvement in a group of investors pushing for a change of strategy at the airline.
"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," the airline said 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."
Mr McEvoy said Tourism Australia had a "strong governance framework" and the board was appointed by and reported to federal Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson.
"The Tourism Australia board will consider the matter of Qantas' suspension of future activities later today," the body said in a statement.
Mr McEvoy said Qantas would continue to work in partnership with Tourism Australia for existing programs such as the G'day LA and G'day USA events in January 2013.
The current Tourism Australia and Qantas partnership agreement was due to expire on June 30, 2013.