ATAS can­cel­la­tions surge

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THE Aus­tralian Fed­er­a­tion of Travel Agents has can­celled the ATAS ac­cred­i­ta­tion of nine mem­bers this week, with some sim­ply fail­ing to re­new while oth­ers were ter­mi­nated due to an in­abil­ity to sat­isfy the scheme’s busi­ness gov­er­nance cri­te­ria.

Sev­eral of those who did not re­new their mem­ber­ship con­tinue to claim they are “Proud to be ATAS travel ac­cred­ited” on their web­sites, in­clud­ing school travel spe­cial­ist Lib­er­tas Travel (ABN 301 540 914 33), Aus­tralian Tang Dy­nasty In­ter­na­tional (ABN 576 136 329 10) and Lisa Travel (ABN 941 301 793 69).

One of those which did not re­new, Mah­suri Travel & Tours (ABN 690 628 257 27) is a blast from the past, with its web­site not­ing it is “fully li­censed and a mem­ber of TCF Aus­tralia”.

Univer­sal Hol­i­day Travel (ABN 226 110 816 84), a Hel­loworld mem­ber from Ash­field NSW, and Qld-based Travel Ad­dict (ABN 671 596 960 81) also failed to re­new.

Vol­un­tary with­drawals in­cluded cor­po­rate agency Ex­ec­u­tive Edge Travel & Events (ABN 310 079 642 03), and RACQ Oper­a­tions (ABN 800 096 634 14) which no longer uses that ABN af­ter be­ing con­sol­i­dated with RACT un­der its agree­ment with the Hunter Travel Group (TD 01 May).

Hornsby Travel & Cruise (ABN 111 093 445 87), which for­merly traded as italk­travel Hornsby, was can­celled af­ter “fail­ing to pro­vide re­quested doc­u­men­ta­tion”.

AFTA’s Head of Com­pli­ance, Naomi Menon, told TD it had been a busy time for the or­gan­i­sa­tion, adding “we ex­pect fur­ther ac­tions over the next cou­ple of weeks”.

MEAN­WHILE last month Perth­based mo­bile travel agency group Travel Ex­ecs (ABN 666 175 870 14) was also ter­mi­nated from the scheme be­cause of “failure to sat­isfy the busi­ness com­pli­ance and gov­er­nance cri­te­ria of the ATAS Char­ter”.

Crim­i­nal listings for the Perth Mag­is­trates Court in­di­cate that Travel Ex­ecs founder and di­rec­tor, Tim McLean, is fac­ing 10 po­lice charges of “Steal­ing as a Di­rec­tor or Of­fi­cer of Com­pany,” with a cur­rent plea of not guilty.

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