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John O’Sullivan on Experience Co.’s reset, travel’s recovery and Westbury’s “appalling” comments

by Huntley Mitchell

Travel Weekly has gone one-on-one with Experience Co. CEO and former Tourism Australia boss John O’Sullivan. As in interview him – not verse him in an online game of chess or Battleship.

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Travel Agents

AFTA backs Tourism Australia’s new specialist program for agents

With all the negative press attention surrounding AFTA last week, this new training program is a welcome distraction for the industry body.

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Travel Agents

“Bitchy boss”: ACA journo rips into former AFTA chief Jayson Westbury

by Ali Coulton

CONTENT WARNING: if you have an aversion to judgy shaking of the head, snide remarks and dramatic close-ups, proceed with caution.

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Travel Agents

AFTA chief Jayson Westbury resigns

After using a poor choice of words when talking about an Aussie TV host, Jayson Westbury has decided to step down.

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Travel Agents

AFTA boss apologises after suggesting female TV host needed “a firm uppercut”

by Ali Coulton

Jayson Westbury has been busy back-peddling after suggesting a well-known Aussie TV presenter needed “a firm uppercut or a slap across the face”.

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Travel Agents

AFTA urges governments to “forget the road to recovery, we need to be on the runway”

With interstate travel in Australia unlikely to return for another few weeks, one of the industry’s peak bodies is getting impatient.

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Travel Agents

Travel agents “well within their legal rights” to charge cancellation fees, says Westbury

AFTA’s chief executive has gone into bat for agents once again. Travel Weekly understands he’s chosen his Gray-Nicholls English willow to use this time around.

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Travel Agents

“Travel agents deserve to be paid”: AFTA stands up against mainstream media reports

The association has ramped up its efforts to protect travel agents from the “misreporting” of refunds on cancelled trips by mainstream media outlets.

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Technology

AFTA backs government’s coronavirus tracing app

While the new COVIDSafe app may not provide offer hilarity in video form like TikTok or fast food to your door like UberEats, it’s still well worth downloading.

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Travel Agents

AFTA to suspend chargeback scheme

The peak industry body has announced what it says are “necessary changes” to the ACS due to the significant and unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for the travel sector.

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Travel Agents

AFTA urges agents to keep mental health in check

The peak industry body is urging agents to invest time in their own mental wellbeing. Find out how here.

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Travel Agents

AFTA to help agents mentally prepare for challenges ahead

Are you struggling with your mental health amid all the uncertainty and damage caused by COVID-19? We highly recommend checking out these new webinars courtesy of AFTA.

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