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Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging Gippslanders to use their local travel agent when booking a domestic holiday.

Mr Chester said with overseas holidays currently off-limits, plenty of people are looking for a place to holiday within Australia.

“Now is the perfect time to explore our own backyard, we have so many wonderful places right here in Australia and indeed Gippsland,” Mr Chester said.

“If you’re thinking of booking a domestic holiday, please ensure you think local and support our local travel agents.

“Our travel agents have had an extremely rough year with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic still being felt.”

Mr Chester said many of the big online travel websites are foreign-owned and their profit goes overseas.

“Your local travel agent can do a face to face or phone appointment and use their expertise to find the perfect location for your next trip,” Mr Chester said.

“Like many local businesses travel agents support our communities, sporting clubs and charities.

“Remember to please keep putting locals first and supporting local jobs.”

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