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Board elections, a new constitution, and the annual report signal a strong return to growth for AFTA

Board elections, a new constitution, and the annual report signal a strong return to growth for AFTA

The revised Constitution of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has been made available for member approval. The amended Constitution has received unanimous approval from the Board, and full members will be asked to vote on it at the AGM on June 21, 2023.

The AFTA Annual Report, which covers the organization’s extremely successful year spent working to ensure that ATAS is appropriate for agents, tour operators, and wholesalers, as well as continuing to lobby for its members and their clients, has also been made available.

The election results for the Board were also made public by AFTA. All six finalists found success:

  • Christians Hunter
  • Laurette Ruffles
  • Cindy Burnes
  • Invoking Danielle Russom
  • Sheldon Beasley
  • Turner, Graham

“When we started the consultation on the draught constitution, the Board undertook a detailed review of what the Sector needs from its peak body,” Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) CEO Dean Long said. The response was very favourable, and everyone agreed that our strategy struck the ideal balance for members and represented a considerable improvement.

“On June 21 at our AGM, Members will vote on this Constitution, a significant turning point in our 65-year history. The Board as a whole is asking the Members to vote “YES” on the revised document.

“Our Annual Report demonstrates that the previous 12 months were once again extraordinarily successful. We made every effort to make sure ATAS was appropriate for use by wholesalers, tour operators, and agencies. We continued to direct our advocacy programme on producing beneficial results for our members and their clients.

“For the first time in more than ten years, ‘travel consultants’ was reinstated on the Federal skills list, a crucial first step to expanding the pool of individuals who are qualified to work in our Sector. NTIA and the first Women in Travel Summit were two more high-impact events we hosted, allowing AFTA to interact closely with its members across all business sectors.

“As CEO of AFTA, I am pleased with our achievements and the part AFTA plays in assisting our members and the Sector. This year, we’ve started reform initiatives to reaffirm our commitment to encouraging our sectors’ growth via collaboration and to keep AFTA at the forefront of the travel industry.

Thank you to our newly elected Directors. I want to express my gratitude to the Board for their ongoing dedication and leadership over the previous 12 months. The important initiatives and effort carried out this year will guarantee that AFTA continues to be a major force for development and cohesion within our sector.

Source: traveldailymedia

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