The Government’s Consumer Travel Reimbursement Scheme has helped return over $352 million of refunds and credits to New Zealanders who had their overseas travel cancelled due to COVID-19, Newshub reports. According to Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark, the department has been working with the travel sector to retrieve money owed to New Zealanders by overseas travel suppliers. The scheme, which was launched in October 2020, pays Aotearoa-based travel agents 7.5 percent of the value of all cash refunds that they are able to successfully recover for their customers, and 5 percent of the value of all credits successfully secured or rebooked for international travel. Applications for the COVID-19 Travel Reimbursement Scheme will close June 30, 2021.
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