IATA Organises BSP & Agency Accreditation Workshop for Travel Agents

1st August 2023 

Webinar – Online 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) with support from the Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA) has organised the Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) Accreditation Workshop for Travel Agents operating in Sierra Leone. 

It could be recalled that the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Transport and Aviation in 2019 signed the BSP Agreement for the establishment of a single standard interface for invoicing and payment between travel agents and airlines.

The workshop covered the following: The importance of the Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP), Accreditation Models, Risk Management Framework and RHC, Local Financial Criteria, Accreditation Process, and IATA Customer Focus. 

Speaking to a participant from the Sierra Leone Association of Travel Agents after the workshop, he commended the SLCAA Director General for facilitating the workshop for Travel Agents, “this is something we have prayed and waited for ever since the signing of the agreement in 2019”. 

The participant further revealed that the BSP is going to bridge the gap between Bigger and Smaller Travel Agents, as it will create an open playing field for all to operate fairly. 

IATA is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 290 Airlines or 83% of total air traffic. 

The BSP is currently operating in 180 countries the system is designed to simplify the air ticket selling, reporting, and settlement procedures between accredited travel agents and participating airlines.