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Walker named Chair of new ATAS Advisory Committee

The new body had its first meeting last month, which saw David Walker named Chair and Scott Darlow Vice Chair.

INDUSTRY experts convened last month for the inaugural Australian Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS) Advisory Committee (AAC) meeting, with David Walker named Chair and Scott Darlow named Vice Chair.

The inaugural meeting in Melbourne in mid-November marked a significant milestone in the evolution of ATAS, as the AAC works with the Australian Travel Industry Association (ATIA) to ensure the Scheme is celebrated for its role as a beacon of trust and excellence within the travel industry, and for consumers.

AAC received briefings from intendent reviewer of ATAS Graham McDonald, ATAS Complaints Appeal Committee Chair Hank Spier, David Padman from ATAS Complaints Appeal Committee Industry, and Consumer Federation of Australia Chair Gerard Brody.

“Industry accreditation is a complex but highly important part of self-regulation and I am proud to be appointed Chair of the AAC, which will provide independent strategic advice and guidance on industry accreditation and governance to the ATIA board,” Walker said.

ATIA Chief Executive Officer Dean Long said the inaugural meeting of the ATAS Advisory Committee marks a pivotal moment in the journey toward enhancing ATAS’s relevance, rigor, and responsiveness.

“We are elated to have such an experienced and diverse group of industry leaders come together,” he said.

“Their strategic insights and advice are invaluable in ATIA’s mission to refine and elevate ATAS as a symbol of excellence in the travel industry.”

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