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FORMAL ASATA RECOGNITION EXPECTED SOON

Date published 20.03.2017

THE South African Qualifications Authority is expected to recognise the Association of Southern African Travel Agents as a formal professional body by June. The development will clear the way for the introduction of designations for travel agents, a professional training programme and will form part of a broader plan for self-regulation in the industry.

ASATA said last week its application to the SAQA had been included in the government gazette for comment.

SAQA has evaluated ASATA for governance, management and sustainability; disciplinary matters; data management; continuing professional development and the awarding of professionals designations.

ASATA Chief Executive Officer Otto de Vries said, subject to other approvals, the SAQA board could “meet and sign off, hopefully, by the end of June”.

Lobbying, growth of the industry and regulation have been identified as key priorities for ASATA for the next 12 months.

Mr. De Vries said feedback and a paper on what regulation would look like for the industry would hopefully be ready in time for this year’s annual member conference, at Sun City May 18 – 20. The theme this year is Power in Unity. A full programme and registration is available via the association’s website, www.asata.co.za.

More in a series of regional meetings will be held this week at the University of Technology in the Free State and the Protea Hotel by Marriott Victoria Junction in Cape Town on March 23.

The agenda includes an ASATA strategy update, an recent audit findings by the South African Revenue Service relating to VAT calculations and an IATA session. To register: hannie@asata.co.za.

• See the April issue of TIR for more on those stories.


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