ASATA announces new board

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The Association of Southern African Travel Agents recently announced its newly-elected board at its AGM last month.

Vanya Lessing, Sure Travel CEO and former ASATA CEO, takes the helm as the organisation’s President over the coming year, with the focus of ensuring the travel industry under the ASATA brand remains “professional and relevant to the travelling public”.

“Her leadership of one of the most influential travel consortiums in South Africa, combined with her unwavering commitment to ASATA, not only now but in her past roles as VicePresident and CEO, will serve the association and the new board well,” said ASATA CEO Otto de Vries.

Travel With Flair MD and founder Johanna Mukoki joins Lessing as VicePresident, with James Sedgwick of Sure Travel, Fish Hoek as Treasurer.

Additional board members include Bronwyn Philipps (HRG Rennies Travel), Claude Vankeirsbilck (Tourvest Travel Services), Johann Strydom (World Leisure Holidays), and Lance Smith (Avis Rent A Car).

The ASATA board’s appointment comes as the industry stands resolute against several challenges experienced this year, such as the Ebola outbreak and new South African immigration regulations.