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Why electoral visits?

AFTA is committed to working with government in a collaborative and constructive way to get the policy and regulatory settings right because not only will that help the travel sector but in time will contribute substantially to the nation's overall economic wellbeing.

To be effective, and to make an impact, AFTA needs to have both a "top-down" and "bottom-up" approach, and this is why we are embarking on a community-based strategy which aims to amplify the often forgotten voice of the travel agent.

We have an ambitious plan to visit every single electorate in Australia where it is safe to do so, and bring together local ATAS accredited travel agencies and their MPs.

AFTA CEO Darren Rudd, would like to meet as many members as possible, with their MP, in order to understand what your concerns are and how we can all work together to get through this.

It is also about making sure that politicians understand the value and role that travel agents play in the travel supply chain and their broader community.

The impact of this approach was evidenced after the recent visit to the electorate of Berowra. After hearing the challenges of the local travel agents, local MP Julian Lesser called the Prime Minister. He followed this up with a letter to the Treasurer and the Tourism Minister.

Read the letter here >

August Electoral Visits

Throughout August AFTA visited the electorates of Kingsford Smith, Warringah, North Sydney and Blaxland, bringing together AFTA travel agent members and their local MP.

We'd like to thank the following agents for their support, commitment and contribution: Spencer Travel, Anywhere Travel, Déjá vu Travel, Mary Rossi Travel, Helloworld Travel Lane Cove, Travel Associates Blues Point, World Corporate Travel, Timeless Tours & Travel, Allied Travel and Helloworld Travel Bankstown.

Our grass roots campaign continues in September, and we look forward to meeting with you and your local MP. Your voice matters!

Media Releases

North Shore MP. Trent Zimmerman

Mary Rossi Travel | Helloworld Travel Lane Cove

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Dave Sharma MP. visits Wentworth Travel Agents

Wentworth Travel

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Matt Thistlethwaite MP. hears from local agents

Spencer Travel | Déjà Vu Travel | Anywhere Travel

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Zali Steggal hears from local travel agents

Mosman Travel | Adventure Specialists

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How Tasmanian travel agents are pivoting to survive shutdown

Burnie and Smithton Travelcentre

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Electoral Visits August
July Electoral Visits

In June, AFTA visited 5 local government electorates (Greenway, North Sydney, Berowra, McMahon and Wentworth) and engaged with 16 ATAS accredited travel agencies giving Agents the opportunity to voice their frustrations, concerns, expertise and ideas.

Media Releases

Member for Berowra hears from Beecroft travel business

Ross Garden Tours

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Hills district travel agents welcome Local MP and Jobkeeper extension 

Cherrybrook Travel | Addicted to Australia

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Member for Berowra meets with Hornsby travel agent

Travel Africa

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AFTA CEO and Federal Member for Berowra meets with Hills District travel agents

The Impulse Travel Group

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Local travel agents doing it tough welcome Federal MP

Travel Plans International

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June Electoral Visits

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