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How effective is ATAS? AFTA asks you to judge

March 28, 2018 Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents has announced details of an imminent review of the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct.

AFTA chief executive, Jayson Westbury, said the fourth-year review would aim to “receive feedback and recommendations from interested parties in regard to the effectiveness of the ATAS scheme in achieving its objectives and the operation of the ATAS scheme.”

Westbury said: “We will call for submissions from industry which will be reviewed by Mr Hank Spier who has been appointed to analyse the submissions against the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct and provide a report to the AFTA Board for consideration.”

The AFTA Board will release its response to any recommendations made in the report later in the year, including any approved amendments to the Charter or Code. The review is limited to the ATAS Charter and its appendix, which includes the ATAS Code of Conduct.

Full details regarding how to submit and the terms of reference for the review can be found on the AFTA website here.

Submissions opened yesterday and close 30 April 2018.

Edited by Peter Needham

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  1. AgentGerko says:

    The question should be How Effective Is AFTA? The answer is a clear and resounding Not Very Much. AFTA has long been AFPLTA, or the Aust Federation of Publicly Listed Travel Agents. I recall when the airlines decided to drop commissions AFTA wouldn’t lift a hanky for agents because they said suggesting their members not sell carriers that dropped rates would not be proper. They seem to have no such problems when HW, represented on the AFTA board, tell their members not to sell Viking Cruises. They did nothing to prevent the removal of licensing and now you see people like the Entertainment Book, Ticketmaster and Fly Buys all selling airlines at prices lower than agents. And they did nothing to prevent the closure of the effective TCF, only coming up with an ATAS scheme not worth the paper its written on. Face it, if you’re an independent agent or private owner of an agency AFTA has little or no regard for you. Only agent group listed on the stock market are of any interest to AFTA, as is shown in the composition of its board. .

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