Reform needed for travel industry MCCA

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H. The Ministerial Council of Consumer Affairs (MCCA), which met in Canberra on Friday, has acknowledged the need for reform of travel industry regulation in Australia in view of the “adoption of the National Tourism Accreditation Framework”. According to a MCCA communiqué, a new regulatory framework would need to “foster ongoing consumer confidence in the sector” as well as “enhance consumer protection, business compliance and financial capacity, and competition and innovation”.“While there are clearly some more discussions to take place to fully understand what will happen next, I think it is reasonable for members to take this as a very clear signal that the Ministers wish to move to reform the regulations of the travel industry,” AFTA chief executive Jayson Westbury commented.Although the message from Canberra “is good news for AFTA and very good news for the travel industry”, Mr Westbury warned reform would not be swift.“Remember that all states and territories around Australia will have to repeal/amend legislation and this will take some time,” Mr Westbury said.The council also supported further development of the proposed Travel Industry Transition Plan as a “pathway to an industry-wide regulatory approach” complementing efforts to promote consumer confidence and quality.The MCCA comprises Commonwealth, State, Territory and New Zealand Ministers responsible for fair trading and consumer protection.last_img read more