Travel Agents are no longer required to be licensed

  • Posted by on 1 July 2014

From 1 July 2014, Travel Agents are no longer required to be licensed (former Licence No TA-0033062) and the Travel Compensation Fund (former Member No: 8718) is being wound up.   To retain the confidence of consumers in dealing with our company, Best Of The Kimberley is currently seeking accreditation through the new AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS), 

To quote AFTA: "The AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS) is an industry accreditation scheme that sets the benchmark of quality for the travel industry.  AFTA is committed, through ATAS, to elevating travel industry standards in Australia by driving increased and continued participation by travel intermediaries in ATAS and raising consumer awareness of the benefits of booking travel through an ATAS accredited agent.".

Further: "ATAS provides a strong platform for consumer recognition of professional conduct and business ethics".

With many industries facing increased regulation, Best Of The Kimberley is at a loss to understand why this industry is being deregulated and the protection of consumer monies being eroded by the demise of the Travel Compensation Fund.  Best Of The Kimberley will continue to operate as it is did under the requirements of travel agent licensing and the Travel Compensation Fund whereby we will maintain our 'client trust account' so that our clients' funds continue to be safely retained. 

It is now more important than ever before that you also consider travel insurance to protect your holiday investment.  

Please feel free to discuss this matter with us if you have any questions.