Trevor Ra­jarat­nam elected to...

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - MIRROR BUSINESS -

The Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gen­eral Assem­bly and An­nual Gen­eral Assem­bly of the United Fed­er­a­tion of Travel Agents As­so­ci­a­tion (UFTAA) were held re­cently in Is­tan­bul, Turkey.

Travel Agents As­so­ci­a­tion of Sri Lanka (TAASL) Pres­i­dent and Travel 7 (Pvt.) Ltd Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Trevor Ra­jarat­nam was elected as a Board Mem­ber of the UFTAA. This is only the sec­ond time a Sri Lankan has been elected to the board of UFTAA.

In the 1960s, at the dawn of

mass tourism, a few tourism profession­als with great fore­sight saw the need of a global um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion of travel agents as­so­ci­a­tions, hence the Uni­ver­sal Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Travel Agents As­so­ci­a­tions (UOTAA) was formed on Novem­ber 22, 1966, in Rome, which was later re­named as the United Fed­er­a­tion of Travel Agents As­so­ci­a­tion, with Gi­u­liano Magnoni of Italy be­ing the first elected Pres­i­dent.

As a glob­ally recog­nised body, the UFTAA is the long­est es­tab­lished ne­go­ti­at­ing part­ner with the lead­ing travel and tourism or­gan­i­sa­tion in the world. Of spe­cial im­por­tance is the close co-op­er­a­tion with the IATA, rep­re­sent­ing the in­ter­est of in­di­vid­ual travel agents and as a part­ner in the IATA – UFTAA Train­ing Pro­gramme.

The UFTAA ac­tively has been and still is a spokesper­son for the agent’s in­ter­est. It of­fers to its mem­ber­ship the valu­able op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved with the UFTAA’S net­work­ing global plat­form in or­der to sup­port good health of the travel and tourism in­dus­try.

The TAASL, the na­tional travel agents body in the coun­try, founded on Oc­to­ber 22, 1974, is af­fil­i­ated to the Cey­lon Cham­ber of Com­merce and rep­re­sents the in­ter­est of 154 out­bound travel agents.

The TAASL also has rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the gov­ern­ing board of the Sri Lanka Tourist De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity and Sri Lanka In­sti­tute of Tourist Ho­tel Man­age­ment.

Trevor Ra­jarat­nam

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