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AFTA Chairman elected and new director appointed

July 23, 2014 Appointments No Comments Email Email

Following the AFTA AGM held last Friday 18th July 2014 in Sydney at which the constitution of the Federation was changed to include mandatory participation of the ATAS accreditation scheme for travel agent members, the board held a meeting to elect office bearers.
Mike Thompson (helloworld) was re-reelected unanimously as the Chairman of the AFTA board of directors. In addition two Vice Chair positions were elected and they again were unanimous with Elizabeth Gaines (helloworld) and Graham Turner (Flight Centre) taking the positions.

In addition, as a result of the recent resignation of Peter Brady (CWT) the board invited Tom Manwaring of Orient Express Travel Group to fill the casual vacancy and AFTA is pleased to report the appointment of Tom to the board of AFTA.

“The AFTA board has shown great solidarity of purpose over the past few years and one of the reasons for this is the consistency of Mike Thompson as Chairman” said Jayson Westbury Chief Executive.

“I am delighted to have been re-elected Chairman of AFTA, a role that I greatly enjoy within an industry that I love” said Mike Thompson Chairman.

“The board will continue to set the policy agenda for the organization and the addition of Tom Manwaring to the board will clearly increase the representation across a diverse travel agency community in Australia” said Westbury

“The OETG business covers a broad range of travel agency businesses across the country and I look forward to contributing to the future of the industry as an AFTA Director” said Tom Manwaring CEO OETG.

The AFTA board will come together for the first time in September to consider the many issues facing the industry at this time.

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