The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) will host Transition Workshops next month in order to assist agents in switching to the new, voluntary accreditation system. “For the new scheme to be successful we needed to do our due diligence in both communicating changes to the trade and listening to what the retail travel industry would like to see included in the new scheme… after all this is an industry-led scheme,” ATAS general manager Gary O’Riordan said. The Transition Workshops have been designed to examine the practical consequences associated with the winding down of the national Travel Compensation Fund (TCF) on travel intermediaries. Source = ETB News: P.T. The Transition Workshops will begin in early November and conclude early December 2013. The workshops will address key principles and criteria highlighted under Australian Consumer Law, while outlining the changes in audit and financial reporting requirements associated with the new regulation. The AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS) will come into effect next year and travel agents are being prepared as per the Travel Industry Transition Plan, which was released in December 2012.