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CATO Anniversary Dinner: Celebrating 25 years of industry representation

The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) has announced its upcoming Anniversary Dinner to celebrate 25 years of representing Australian-based tour operators and travel wholesalers.

The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) has announced its upcoming Anniversary Dinner to celebrate 25 years of representing Australian-based tour operators and travel wholesalers.

The peak travel industry body will commemorate the milestone with its members on Thursday 20 June 2024 at the iconic Sydney Hilton Hotel.

Attendees will be served gourmet cuisine in an atmosphere of camaraderie and celebration. 

CATO Managing Director Brett Jardine said the Council is thrilled to mark this significant milestone, and the dinner will celebrate its enduring commitment to Australia’s travel supply sector.  

“This event is a celebration of the dedication and collaborative spirit of our members, whose steadfast commitment has driven CATO to new heights over the past 25 years,” Jardine said. 

The Council has been a significant contributor towards innovation and ethical practices in the land-supply sector of the Australian travel industry since its establishment in 1999. 

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The Board of CATO at the CATO Travel Industry Christmas Lunch, 2023.

For a quarter of a century, the Council has consistently worked to improve industry standards, promote innovative ideas and champion sustainable tourism practices. 

The Anniversary Dinner celebrates historic milestones and is an opportunity for CATO’s members to get together and celebrate. 

The Council has provided support for its members over the years and during challenging times, including the COVID-19 pandemic, which remains ongoing as the industry rebuilds. 

A recent highlight initiative has been the introduction of the enhanced CATO Accreditation Program. 

This program also includes an independent annual financial health check by a CATO-appointed external accounting firm, ensuring the ongoing financial resilience of member organisations.

The Council has also launched the CATO Touring Academy to address the industry’s skills shortage.

The initiative aims to enhance the skill sets of retail travel agents and newcomers to the sector, fostering a well-equipped workforce ready to meet future challenges.

The evening will also recognise Peter Bailey, the founder and Life Member of CATO. 

Last month, the organisation announced Flight Centre as the formal launch partner and first customer of the new CATO Touring Academy.

To find out more about the Council of Australian Tour Operators, click here.