ACTA Chair Mary Jane Hiebert Elected To WTAAA Board
Mary Jane Hiebert
The World Travel Agents Associations
Alliance (WTAAA) held its annual General Assembly and bi-annual Board meeting
in Bilbao earlier this month during which ACTA Canada Chairman Mary Jane
Hiebert was elected to the Board for a 2 year term. ASTA U.S.A. V.P. of
Industry Affairs Mark Meader was also elected to the board.
The WTAAA Executive Committee of AFTA`s
Jayson Westbury; ASATA`s Otto de Vries and TAANZ`s Peter Barlow were all
re-elected for additional 1 year terms.
The WTAAA board considers important issues
facing the travel agency community across the globe and confirmed the recent
decision of the IATA Passenger Conference to defer the implementation of new
arrangements for websales settlement via the billing settlement plan (BSP).
WTAAA had made significant representation concerning the proposals put forward
for changes to these arrangements and the global ramifications. They will work
with IATA to come to an agreement for an acceptable solution.
The WTAAA board also reviewed the IATA new
generation settlement and accreditation plans and will continue to work with
IATA to develop appropriate solutions for the travel agents that continue to
have accreditation with IATA.
on the agenda was WTAAA`s commitment to work with governments across the globe
to tackle the challenge of border control requirements and visa regimes that
restrict travel. The meeting was held prior to the attacks in Paris.
"Board members of the WTAAA represent travel agents across much of the
globe and it is clear that there are many issues of commonality which need to
be addressed" said Jay Westbury, WTAAA Chair. "Together with
the wider travel and tourism industry across the world, we are committed to
interacting with governments and regulatory bodies to stimulate positive
change. With modern advances in bio metrics and intelligence sharing, surely
governments can remove themselves from issuing visas and requiring travellers
to jump unnecessary hurdles to travel freely as tourists and enhance the
visitor economy across the globe" Westbury said.
The WTAAA says it will continue to advocate for change in this area and on
other matters that will make travel easier for everyone without any threat to
sovereign national security.