CATO Names Tim Croyle As Chair, Brett Walker As Vice-Chair
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
WestJet Vacations VP Tim Croyle has been appointed the new chairman of the Canadian Association of Tour Operators (CATO) for 2018-2019. Croyle follows Jeff Element, President, The Travel Corporation, whose term as chair ended last month.
Brett Walker, General Manager Canada, Collette, has been named Vice Chair for the 2018-2019 term.
“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,” said Croyle. “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 says it is actively involved in representing tour operator interests in the following:
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
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.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.