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Travel Agents

AFTA suffers $450K annual loss

by Huntley Mitchell

AFTA’s financial health has been laid bare in its annual report, with the federation swinging to a loss.

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Travel Agents

CONFIRMED: Darren Rudd to take over as AFTA’s chief executive

The cat may have already leapt out of the bag earlier this week, but now the industry body has made it official.

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Travel Agents

Could this be AFTA’s new chief?

The peak body for travel agents is very close to appointing its new CEO, after being forced to provide an update on the recruitment process.

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Ex-AFTA boss Jayson Westbury resurfaces with new consulting business

by Huntley Mitchell

While all eyes are on AFTA and who will be appointed as its next chief, former boss Jayson Westbury has found himself a new gig.

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AFTA reveals job criteria for new CEO, urges industry to “speak with a single voice”

Are you planning to apply for the vacant top role at AFTA? Well, you may want to read this first (and also avoid suggesting that Tracy Grimshaw needs a firm uppercut).

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Tourism

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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“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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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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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 “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

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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