Abta chairman McEwan 'happy' to serve second term

Abta chairman McEwan 'happy' to serve second term

Advantage chief executive John McEwan will stand for a second term as Abta chairman following the association’s annual general meeting on Wednesday.

Abta will notify members today that anyone seeking to stand for the position needs to put their names forward by May 18.

McEwan told Travel Weekly: “I have made clear I would be happy to continue in the role for another two years. There are some big policy issues to resolve.”

Any Abta member may seek nomination to stand for chairman, but will require support from two board members who would nominate and second his or her candidature.

Travel Weekly understands the board would be happy to see McEwan continue in the role for the second of the two terms permitted under Abta’s Articles of Association.

There will be no election unless a second candidate emerges – McEwan would simply be asked to continue in the role.

Were there to be an election, it would be the first to allow online voting by Abta members after the AGM agreed to allow online ballots in elections for chairman and Council of Regions representatives.

The AGM also agreed a change of wording in the Articles of Association to clarify the wording of clause 4 (1) e on the purpose of members’ bonds, reinforcing the point that the bond is to protect money paid for confirmed holiday arrangements.

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