The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) advised yesterday it has cancelled the ATAS Accreditation of Australian Escapes Marketing, effective immediately.
“AFTA is currently investigating the matter but believes that there is a managed process in place for the business’ voluntary closure,” an issued statement said.
“AFTA understands that affected consumers will be attended to and are invited to contact John Greenbury on 07 3202 9137.”
In a separate notice yesterday, AFTA advised that it had suspended the ATAS accreditation of Railbookers Australia Pty Ltd with immediate effect.
The AFTA statement said: “AFTA understands that the parent UK company may have been acquired and further enquires are yet to be confirmed in relation to the Australian operation.
“We will advise industry stakeholders of more information as it comes to hand.”
Meanwhile, Lisa Pagotto of boutique tour operator Crooked Compass Pty Ltd, issued a statement through AFTA saying:
- Lisa Pagotto is not a director of Railbookers Australia nor has any commercial involvement with the company;
- Crooked Compass Pty Ltd has no connection with Railbookers Australia;
- Lisa Pagotto was an employee of Railbookers Australia and cannot provide any insight on the company’s position.