CATO celebrates 25 years with anniversary dinner

CATO celebrates 25 years with anniversary dinner
Edited by Travel Weekly


    The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) has announced its 25th Anniversary Dinner that will not only commemorate CATO’s historic milestones but will also provide an invaluable opportunity for members to network and reflect on numerous significant achievements.

    This prestigious event for members will be held at the Sydney Hilton Hotel on Thursday, 20 June, following the 2024 Annual General Meeting.

    “We are thrilled to mark this significant milestone in CATO’s history. This event is a celebration of the dedication and collaborative spirit of our members, whose steadfast commitment has driven CATO to new heights over the past 25 years,” CATO managing director Brett Jardine (pictured) said.

    Since its foundation in 1999, CATO has been a cornerstone of innovation and ethical practices within the land-supply sector of the Australian travel industry. For 25 years, CATO has diligently worked to elevate industry standards, foster innovation, and advocate for sustainable tourism practices.

    A highlight of recent initiatives is the introduction of the enhanced CATO Accreditation Program. The program now includes an annual financial health check conducted independently by a CATO-appointed external accounting firm, ensuring the ongoing financial resilience of member organisations.

    Addressing the industry’s skills shortage, CATO has also launched the CATO Touring Academy. This pioneering initiative is designed to enhance the skill sets of retail travel agents and individuals new to the sector, fostering a well-equipped workforce ready to meet future challenges.

    The evening will also recognise Peter Baily, founder and Life Member of CATO.

    The CATO event will also honour life member Peter Baily (centre).

    Email the Travel Weekly team at traveldesk@travelweekly.com.au

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