This week, AFTA CEO Darren Rudd is in Adelaide to meet with South Australian Premier Stephen Marshall on a number of occasions, and to connect with multiple AFTA members as part of our community-based engagement program. The purpose of the agent meetings is to hear firsthand the needs, challenges, aspirations and most importantly understand what additional support members need from AFTA. It is also to enable members to ask any questions of the organisation.
AFTA would like to thank the following AFTA/ATAS members who are participating in the meetings this week; Angas Travel, Thor Travel, South America Tours SA, Holidays of Australia and Bunnik Tours, Travel Extra, italktravel & cruise Glynde, Phill Hoffmann Travel, John Abbott Travel, Axis Travel Centre, Island Travel, Oliver Travel, King William Travel, Peregrine Travel Centre, Adelaide Travel, Travelaffare, Adelaide Travel, Big Heart Adventures, Don't Forget Travel, Insight Travel and the following Helloworld Travel Agencies Blackwood, Brighton, Elizabeth and Marion. For this trip, we have chosen these members based on their proximity to Adelaide and will return to the state at a later date to connect with members in regional South Australia.
Additionally, you may be aware that AFTA Chair, Tom Manwaring joined Darren at Parliament House last week for meetings with the Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment, Shadow Minister Senator the Hon Don Farrell, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Convention Bureaux and Kate Carnell Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO). Both Tom and Darren are working through the actions resulting from these meetings and are preparing detailed responses to both the Minister and his support agencies.
Both Dan Tehan and Don Farrell are travelling this week during parliamentary recess to meet with agents in North Queensland to understand firsthand how agents are coping.