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Vale former CEO and Live Member of AFTA Mr John Dart OBE RFT ED

Mr Dart was the CEO of AFTA for over 10 years between 1985 to 1995 and formally made a Life Member of the Federation in May 1996.

Mr Dart made significant contributions to Australia’s travel sector such as establishing the AFTA Travel Insurance Program and was the driving force behind establishing AFTA Training Colleges. These investments supported AFTA members and established the financial foundation from which the Federation has operated since.

Globally Mr Dart drove collaboration with like-minded organisations to coordinate efforts to improve the industry and which commenced in the establishment of the World Travel Agents Association Alliance.

Mr Dart was an active member of the Army Reserves and reached the rank of Brigadier.

Mr Dart was 90 and passed away on 19 April 2022. He is survived by four children, nine grand children and 6 great grand children.

Quotes attributed to AFTA CEO Dean Long:
John Dart or more widely known as Mr Dart, was an industry force and ensured Australia’s travel agents had the support they needed and were well represented. His legacy at AFTA lives on. The income generated from the AFTA Travel Insurance program still underpins the financial equity strength of the Federation.

John had an incredible understanding of the issues and solutions needed for the industry. He drove strong alliances specifically with NZ and Canada leading to greater collaboration between these countries.
The AFTA Board of Directors and CEO sends our condolences to the Dart family and recognition for his leadership to the Sector.