The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) says the implementation of five key recommendations unveiled earlier this year, would help “future proof” the Australian travel industry and ensure its global competitiveness.
Submitting a response to the five-step Consumer Affairs Minister’s Travel Industry Transition Plan, AFTA said it “strongly” supports the regulatory framework that will see the eventual termination of the Travel Compensation Fund (TCF) and the introduction of a new voluntary industry accreditation scheme.
According to the industry body, a voluntary scheme would allow travel agents and travel service providers to attain accreditation if they meet certain requirements for entry.
Central to the accreditation would be the requirement to adhere to a code of conduct, which will be developed alongside the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Describing the scheme as a “sensible reform”, AFTA said it would ensure Australia has a “fair and efficient” travel industry.
“Reform to the regulatory framework for Australia’s travel industry will enable greater accreditation coverage than exists under the current National Scheme,” the AFTA submission read.
“As a voluntary industry accreditation scheme, travel intermediaries that are currently out of scope within the national scheme and commit to the terms of an industry code of conduct and other essential criteria.”
AFTA added that it is committed to working with governments and consumers to develop the voluntary accreditation scheme that will take into account the “needs to the modern travel industry”.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.