ATAC (Australian Travel Agents Co-operative) members from across Australia got together at Melbourne’s RACV City Club to celebrate the group’s 30th anniversary.
Everyone enjoyed pre-dinner drinks, sponsored by Pinpoint Travel Group, before the doors opened to the Club Pavilion Room for dinner and entertainment, following the Group’s AGM on Saturday 15 October. Travelport was the major sponsor of the event, combined with other ATAC preferred suppliers as supporting sponsors. Giant balloon centrepieces resembling the ATAC logo filled the room and the sounds of Jen Hawkins & the Cocktail Cruise Quartet set the scene for a great night ahead!
Chairman, Janene Rubens, thanked all members and sponsors for their support and commitment, welcomed guests.
“The future of ATAC is looking very bright with the substantial growth in the number of members in recent times,” Rubens said.
“Members were enjoying increased financial benefits and in 2016 had received a super override payment for their air,” she added.
Everyone enjoyed a nostalgic trip down memory lane watching a timeline of ATAC’s history from 1986 until today, with ATAC’s values of harmony, co-operation, unity, contribution, networking, comradeship and friendship reinforced to all.
Further highlights were the presentation of the ATAC Top Achieving Office and Most Improved Office Awards, as well as the announcement of the winner of a RCCL campaign. In addition, nine of ATAC’s Top Achievers were invited to go on a lavish Achievers Trip.
Founding member, Jim Clements, was in attendance and congratulated ATAC members not only on 30 years, but also on maintaining the co-operative philosophy of all members being equal and maintaining their independence.
The Australian Travel Agents Co-operative is a progressive group of independent travel agents who have joined together to offer a truly competitive alternative to franchise agency groups. ATAC is owned and operated by its shareholders.
Edited by Peter Needham