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Date published 31.07.2017

THE ASSOCIATION of Southern African Travel Agents is to serve on a new project team tasked with preparing a plan to address challenges around mandatory PCI-DSS compliance.

Travel agents have been given until March next year to comply, in order to retain their IATA accreditation for using credit cards.

In an update provided to members earlier in the month, ASATA said it was consulting with the World Travel Agent Associations Alliance to address the changes and challenges of forced compliance globally. It said the project team would present its plan to the PAPGCJ in November.

ASATA Chief Executive Officer Otto de Vries told members: “Even the PCI DSS Council is not mandated to enforce compliance. The council rather promotes the Payment Card Industry Security Standards as a best practice.”

The association said a high-level of buy-in was needed for the programme to be implemented successfully and highlighted challenges making it difficult, if not impossible, for travel agents to become compliant and said agents worldwide should be able to achieve PCI DSS compliance through self-assessment.

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