Croyle To Chair CATO

WestJet Vacations’ vice-president, Tim Croyle is the new chairman of the Canadian Association of Tour Operators (CATO) for 2018-2019. Croyle over the job from Jeff Element, president of The Travel Corporation, whose term as chair ended last month.

Collette’s general manager Canada, Brett Walker has been picked as the new vice-chair for the 2018-2019 term.

Commenting on his appointment, Croyle said: “I am honoured to be taking on the role of CATO chair, to carry on the great work done by Jeff Element for all our members. CATO works diligently on behalf of all outbound tour operators in Canada, large and small, representing their interests to all levels of government at home and abroad.”

Currently, CATO is actively involved in representing tour operator interests in the following areas:

  • The review and changes to the Ontario Travel Industry Act and Regulations.
  • Co-operation with IATA and ACTA in developing credit card fraud prevention through the Canadian Travel Fraud Prevention Group, and FraudChasers, a global online fraud information-sharing platform.
  • Facilitating discussions on weather and health concerns impacting the industry and coordinating with relevant government agencies and foreign governments.

CATO annually appoints 3 representatives to the TICO Board of Directors (Travel Industry Council of Ontario) and maintains contacts with ATOQ (Quebec), USTOA and NTA.

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In the photo:

Brett Walker, vice-chair on the left; Tim Croyle, chair on the right.