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Industry first as Flight Centre partners with CATO Touring Academy as inaugural customer

Wed, April 17, 2024 9:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) is thrilled to confirm Flight Centre as its formal launch partner of the new CATO Touring Academy.

This strategic partnership underscores Flight Centre’s commitment to excellence in professional development and providing clients with expertly crafted travel experiences.

The CATO Touring Academy will formally launch with Flight Centre as its inaugural partner on Monday 22nd of April, offering a comprehensive certification program for travel agents.

Over the next three years, Flight Centre has pledged to integrate the CATO Touring Academy’s comprehensive certification program into its agent training framework.

"This collaboration epitomises the power of unity within the travel sector, aimed at elevating the overall calibre of travel consultancy services. Flight Centre’s steadfast commitment highlights the pivotal role of continuous learning and expertise in shaping the future of travel." said Brett Jardine, Managing Director, CATO.

Flight Centre Global Managing Director Andrew Stark said partnering with the CATO Touring Academy was a natural progression for the company. "Whether we're booking group tours through Europe or solo explorations in our own mesmerising backyard, Flight Centre is always seeking avenues to build our industry knowledge and improve our tour offering for customers. This alliance enables us to tap into a reservoir of additional experience, ensuring our consultants are equipped with a comprehensive skill-base to offer our customers a powerhouse of tour deals with expert service."

The collaboration between CATO and Flight Centre sets a new industry standard, promising to enrich the travel planning process for consumers and contribute to the ongoing success of Australian travel professionals.

For more information about the CATO Touring Academy, visit

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