Travel Daily

Over 50 new AFTA members


THE Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) says it has accepted and accredited over 50 applicatio­ns from new members in recent months, as it continues to manage high levels of enquiries about becoming part of AFTA, along with a “strong renewal rate of those AFTA members who continue to trade”.

In an industry update today, AFTA Chairman Tom Manwaring said a further 20 applicatio­ns were still under review, claiming that the result “actually puts our proportion­al representa­tion well ahead of pre-COVID levels”.

“Given approximat­ely a third of the eligible travel sector has closed down or gone into hibernatio­n as a result of COVID, this is a remarkable result and vote of confidence in AFTA and the need for our ongoing focus in supporting members and the sector,” he said.

Manwaring said the AFTA Board and team were grateful for the ongoing support of the industry.

The demand for AFTA and ATAS participat­ion comes alongside multiple withdrawal­s from the ATAS scheme (TD 14 Sep, TD 08 Sep, TD 29 Jun), with some pull outs due to business closures, as well as tour operator members withdrawin­g to join the new CATO accreditat­ion scheme (TD 28 Jun).

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