13 July 2021: The Australian Federation of Travel Agents’ AGM has successfully concluded online with a new Board appointed and determined to continue to shape the future for the benefit of members.
Ten nominations for the six Directors’ seats available were received. Laura Ruffles, Shelley Beasley, David Padman, Jo Sully, and Christian Hunter were re-elected and Katrina Barry elected.
AFTA thanks outgoing Director David Greenland for his strong contribution and work ethic and welcomes Katrina Barry to the Board.
Quotes attributable to AFTA Chair Tom Manwaring:
“It’s an understatement to say that the past year has been a year of unknowns and challenges but it’s also been a year like no other of collaboration for the greater good.
It has been a time, more than any other in AFTA’s history, that has required us to deliver on our principal activities for our members while continuing to shape the landscape we operate within and elevate travel industry standards.
This has required the Board to step forward at an unprecedented level and immerse ourselves in the operational as well as the usual strategic framework.
We are pleased to report that even with the decision to suspend Membership Fees last year, AFTA’s balance sheet while diminished, remains strong.
AFTA looks forward to continuing to work with members to shape our future and this organisation.
As part of this process we will be reviewing AFTA’s Constitution to ensure it is appropriate for our future and, as part of this, will be also reviewing Member Categories to ensure we have the most equitable structure.”
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Notes for Editors;
The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) is the peak body in Australia representing the retail travel industry. Founded in 1957, AFTA represents the majority of travel agents in Australia and includes all of the major travel agency groups.
AFTA is supporting the travel agency community, travelling public and travel suppliers to the best of our ability during this COVID-19 pandemic.