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MTA – Time To Assist AFTA And Influence The ATAS Process

November 20, 2013 Mobile travel consulting No Comments Email Email

mtatravelAttending the first round of ATAS workshops, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ managing director, Roy Merricks has thanked AFTA for its efforts and said the time is right for his industry peers to assist and influence in a positive outcome as opposed to denigrating the process.

Commenting on what he described as “isolated criticism” of the proposed new scheme, Mr Merricks asked if the brickbats were truly justified.

“There has been some recent isolated public criticism of the entire process and more directly of the voluntary nature of the scheme.

“All of our businesses are different and it’s our ability to decide if ATAS is for us individually and to tailor a range of insurances, the likes of which have never previously been made available in this country, accordingly.

“In my opinion this is one of the scheme’s structural advantages.”

Mr Merricks said that constructive dialogue and debate proved useful and from his experience, when using the correct channels, it has been listened to and genuinely considered throughout the consultative process by all involved including KPMG and Gow Gates, in addition to AFTA.

The end result also has the ears of State Ministers, he said.

“The system has been broken for years and thanks largely to the efforts of AFTA, and particularly CEO, Jayson Westbury and ATAS general manager, Gary O’Riordan, positive change is now a reality and thankfully coming in the very near future.”

Mr Merricks also commented on the unsung effort Jayson Westbury goes to in promoting the cause of Australian travel agents both in Australia and overseas.

“Not many people realise just how much time Jayson spends in Canberra petitioning government on behalf of all AFTA members,” he said.

“In fact on the day of his presentation at the recent MTA national conference, he had spent the entire morning lobbying at Parliament House on a variety of industry-related issues.

“From an MTA perspective, it’s a “thank you” from us for the efforts Jayson and the AFTA team have gone and are going to.”

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