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AFTA Approves Measures To Support Atas Agents And Wider Sector

March 26, 2020 Business News No Comments Email Email

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) is implementing a number of measures to support ATAS accredited travel agents and the wider sector.

  1. Membership Fees will not be charged for the next billing year​.
  2. The introduction of significant austerity measures across AFTA to reduce outgoings.
  3. The primary focus for the coming 6 months is on industry support and government engagement to secure the necessary support, assistance and reforms.
  4. A draw down on AFTA’s investment fund to fund critical operational costs for ongoing support of members.
  5. ATAS accreditation to switch to a monitor and support mode.
  6. Cancellation of NTIA 2020 (and awards) with a recovery event to be planned for November 2020 subject to the status of the industry and the COVID-19 situation.
  • A full refund of all monies including sponsorship fees and all pre-purchased tickets will be provided in the coming weeks.
  • AFTA recognises those Nominees who invested considerable time to complete their nomination submission and we thank you for your commitment to the Awards.

Quotes attributable to Jayson Westbury, CEO, AFTA:
These are common sense decisions which will make a real difference to agents and sponsors while ensuring AFTA is able to continue advocating for our members and their customers at this critical time.

Quite apart from the financial benefit for agents and our valued NTIA partners at a time when every dollar matters, it just wouldn’t be right to proceed with NTIA at this time. We will get through this together and with that in mind are planning a recovery party in November and an even bigger and better NTIA 2021.

Finally, AFTA Members will be contacted directly and more information will be provided with regards to financial reporting requirements and the fact that membership fees will not be charged. AFTA remains committed to supporting members through these unprecedented times.

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