Last week CATO members got festive and gathered at the Travel Industry Hub for mini-Christmas event, generously supported by the Catalan Tourist Board.
Closing out a year like no other, Sydney’s Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) community gathered (COVID-safely, of course) at the impressive and popular Travel Industry Hub in North Sydney for their annual Christmas party.
Sponsored by Catalan Tourist Board, the evening came to life with delicious wine and interactive food tasting, showcasing the rich flavours the region is famous for.
The combination of live cooking stations in the expert hands of a Catalonian chef preparing aromatic pans of paella in front of guests, and a pair of cocineros on a live Zoom call from their patio in Barcelona, gave the event a genuine Catalan feel and stirred the wanderlust.
“It was wonderful to feel that sense of ‘travel’ again, and to deliver a proper Christmas gathering for such a positive group of people who have really had a difficult 2020,” said CATO Managing Director, Brett Jardine.
For the CATO executive team, 2020 has been its busiest ever year as it advocated, lobbied, engaged with national media, and communicated to and supported its members in every way possible.
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“We are all looking forward to 2021 though we’re under no misgivings about the likely timelines of a return to pre-pandemic travel,’ said Jardine.
“The CATO community is resilient and will be ready to take Australians to the world’s most wonderful places as soon as they’re ready to travel”
Brett Jardine. CATO Managing Director
But for now, let’s all raise a glass to ourselves and each other, for simply getting through the year.
2021 will be a better one, that’s for sure.
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