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The SPAA (Scottish Passenger Agents' Association) today represents all of Scotland's major travel agents within its Membership, working increasingly pro-actively with a growing group of Associate Members – our Principals – to address the issues and meet the challenges of the constantly changing travel marketplace, thereby protecting the interests of our mutual clients throughout the nation and beyond. The Association is managed by an elected Council, and operated on a day-to-day basis by a Secretariat of three - a Secretary, Treasurer and Publisher. Day to day and media contact is conducted through a designated group of Principal Contacts (see Media section), and specific areas of travel sector affairs and SPAA activities are managed by the SPAA's Committees, details of which appear below.

Direct Contacts

  • Alan Glen

    Alan Glen SPAA President

    Glen Travel 6 Clydeview Shopping Centre Blantyre Glasgow G72 0QD

    Tel: 01698 829 511
    Email: aglen@spaa.org

  • Sandy MacPherson

    Sandy MacPherson SPAA Treasurer (+ Political Convener)

    8 Queens View, Marine Parade, Kirn, Dunoon PA23 8LF

    Tel: 01369 707 969
    Mob: 07801 851 933
    Email: smacpherson@spaa.org

  • Janice Hogarth

    Janice Hogarth SPAA Secretary

    16/6 Tollbooth Wynd, Edinburgh EH6 6DW

    Tel: 0131 531 0625
    Mob: 07795 331889
    Email: jhogarth@spaa.org

  • Matt Bates

    Matt Bates SPAA Publisher + Web Editor

    The Bates Consultancy, 32d North Shore Road, Troon KA10 6QZ

    Tel: 01292 316 820
    Mob: 07796 376 030
    Email: mbates@spaa.org

  • Alan Glen

    Alan Glen SPAA President + Convener - Golf

    Glen Travel 6 Clydeview Shopping Centre Blantyre Glasgow G72 0QD

    Tel: 01698 829 511
    Email: aglen@spaa.org

  • Ken McLeod

    Ken McLeod Vice President + Convener - Air

    Advantage Travel Centres 21 Provost Street London N1 7NH

    Tel: 020 7324 3964
    Email: kmcleod@spaa.org

  • Jimmy Martin

    Jimmy Martin SPAA Immediate Past President + Convener - Leisure

    Jimmy Martin Travel 94 Raeburn Place Edinburgh EH4 1HH

    Tel: 0131 343 1800
    Mob: 0131 343 1863
    Email: jmartin@spaa.org

  • Kevin Thom

    Kevin Thom Convener - Industry Affairs

    QA Business Travel Ashley Group Base Pitmedden Road Dyce AB21 0DP

    Tel: 01224 772 828
    Mob: 01224 772 929
    Email: kthom@spaa.org

  • Brian Potter

    Brian Potter Council Member

    Clyde Travel Management Seaforth House Seaforth Road North Hillington Park Glasgow G52 4JQ

    Tel: 0141 427 6500
    Email: bpotter@spaa.org

  • Irene Darracott

    Irene Darracott Convener - Cruise

    Connoisseur Travel Services 38 Silverknowes Road Edinburgh EH4 5LF

    Tel: 0131 625 6336
    Mob: 07771 547 238
    Email: idarracott@spaa.org

  • Alan Milne

    Alan Milne Convener - Rail

    D P & L Travel 4 Logies Lane StAndrews KY16 9NL

    Tel: 01334 474 404
    Mob: 07778 920 869
    Email: amilne@spaa.org

  • Joanne Dooey

    Joanne Dooey Convener - Leisure Travel, Social Events & Awards

    Love to Travel

    Mob: 07894 784 267
    Email: jdooey@spaa.org

  • Aman Kohli

    Aman Kohli Convener - Dinner Committee

    Kohli Travel 228 Woodlands Road Glasgow G3 6LN

    Tel: 0141 332 0605
    Mob: 0141 332 8441
    Email: akohli@spaa.org

  • Gayle Gordon

    Gayle Gordon Convener - Social Media & futureSPAA

    Alba Travel 43 Church Street Inverness IV1 1DR

    Tel: 01463 226 007
    Email: ggordon@spaa.org

  • Douglas Morrison

    Douglas Morrison Convener - SPAA Quiz

    Costwatchers

    Tel: 0141 222 8760
    Email: dmorrison@spaa.org

  • Kennedy Cree

    Kennedy Cree Council Member

    Scotia Travel

    Tel: 0141 305 5017
    Email: kcree@spaa.org

  • Sandy MacPherson

    Sandy MacPherson SPAA Treasurer (+ Political Convener)

    8 Queens View, Marine Parade, Kirn, Dunoon PA23 8LF

    Tel: 01369 707 969
    Mob: 07801 851 933
    Email: smacpherson@spaa.org

  • Janice Hogarth

    Janice Hogarth SPAA Secretary

    16/6 Tollbooth Wynd, Edinburgh EH6 6DW

    Tel: 0131 531 0625
    Mob: 07795 331889
    Email: jhogarth@spaa.org

  • Joanne Dooey

    Joanne Dooey Convener - Leisure Travel, Social Events & Awards, STAR

    Love to Travel

    Mob: 07894 784 267
    Email: jdooey@spaa.org

  • Alan Glen

    Alan Glen President + Convener - Golf

    Glen Travel 6 Clydeview Shopping Centre Blantyre Glasgow G72 0QD

    Tel: 01698 829 511
    Email: alan@glentravel.co.uk

  • Irene Darracott

    Irene Darracott Convener - Cruise, Travel Quiz & Charity

    Connoisseur Travel Services 38 Silverknowes Road Edinburgh EH4 5LF

    Tel: 0131 625 6336
    Mob: 07771 547 238
    Email: idarracott@spaa.org

  • Alan Milne

    Alan Milne Convener - Rail

    D P & L Travel 4 Logies Lane StAndrews KY16 9NL

    Tel: 01334 474 404
    Mob: 07778 920 869
    Email: amilne@spaa.org

  • Kevin Thom

    Kevin Thom Convener - Industry Affairs

    QA Business Travel Ashley Group Base Pitmedden Road Dyce AB21 0DP

    Tel: 01224 772 828
    Mob: 01224 772 929
    Email: kthom@spaa.org

  • Aman Kohli

    Aman Kohli Convener - Dinner Committee

    Kohli Travel 228 Woodlands Road Glasgow G3 6LN

    Tel: 0141 332 0605
    Mob: 0141 332 8441
    Email: akohli@spaa.org

  • Gayle Gordon

    Gayle Gordon Convener - Social Media & futureSPAA

    Alba Travel 4 Church Street Inverness IV1 1DR

    Tel: 01463 226 007
    Email: ggordon@spaa.org

  • Jimmy Martin

    Jimmy Martin SPAA Immediate Past President + Convener - Leisure

    94 Raeburn Place Edinburgh EH4 1HH

    Tel: 0131 343 1800
    Mob: 0131 343 1863
    Email: jmartin@spaa.org

  • Sandy MacPherson

    Sandy MacPherson SPAA Treasurer & Political Convener

    8 Queens View Marine Parade Kirn Dunoon PA23 8LF

    Tel: 01369 707 969
    Mob: 07801 851 933
    Email: smacpherson@spaa.org

SPAA Committees

Air + GDS Committee

Convener - Ken McLeod. Members include Brian Potter, Aman Kohli, Douglas Morrison and Kevin Thom. The aims of this committee are:-

To maintain an effective dialogue with a range of airlines, in particular those who operate from and within Scotland and who are vital to the industry in Scotland.

To represent the best interests of SPAA members in regular discussions with those airlines.

To promote the value of members as an effective and efficient means of distribution on behalf of the airlines.

To help ensure that members are kept fully up to date on all airline developments and policies which may impact upon their day to day business.

To take forward to airlines, the views and concerns brought to the Air Committee by members of the Association.

To have effective dialogue with the four main GDS suppliers, Amadeus, Galileo, Sabre and Worldspan. This vital sector of the industry is essential to the smooth running of systems between members and principals and the Committee works to make certain that SPAA members' views are to the fore when any changes are planned or difficulties encountered which may impact on the day-to-day running of members' companies.

Members may contact Alan at kmcleod@spaa.org with any issues which may be of concern.

Brian Potter looks after any issues related to the APJC in respect of its operation in Scotland, with the assistance of Observer Sandy MacPherson. Members may contact Brian at bpotter@spaa.org with issues of concern.

Industry Affairs Committee

Kevin Thom is Convenor and the Members are Jimmy Martin, and Brian Potter. Matters of interest may be communicated to kthom@spaa.org.

Leisure Committee

Jimmy Martin is Convener of the Leisure Committee, and the Members include Alan Glen, Gayle Gordon and Alan Milne. The aims of this Committee are:-

To communicate effectively with tour operator partners to ensure that information is distributed to both Committee and the membership timeously in order that all members be fully aware of the developments and policies which will impact on their day to day business.

To be aware of market trends on a monthly basis to establish how our tour operator partners are performing – particularly in the Scottish marketplace, and to assist with remedial action where appropriate.

To ensure that distribution policies of these operators are fair and equitable to all of our members and that pricing is on a "level playing field".

Members may contact the Leisure Committee at jmartin@spaa.org  with any issues which may be of concern.

Cruise Committee

Irene Darracott is Convener of the Cruise Committee, with Kennedy Cree and Alan Milne serving as Members.

Members may contact the Cruise Committee at idarracott@spaa.org with any issued which may be of concern.

Rail Committee

Alan Milne is Convener of the Rail Committee and he may be contacted at amilne@spaa.org.

Political Activities

Sandy MacPherson is SPAA Political Convener.

Members may contact Sandy at smacpherson@spaa.org with any issues which may be of concern.

Social Media and futureSPAA

Gayle Gordon is Convener of Social Media and she also looks after futureSPAA.

Members may contact Gayle at ggordon@spaa.org.

Social & Awards Committee

Joanne Dooey is Convener of the Social & Awards Committee, and Irene Darracott, Gayle Gordon and Aman Kohli serve as Members. The Committee looks after all aspects of the Spring + Autumn Networking Lunches; the Annual Summer Ball in June, and the Annual Travel Awards in November.

Irene Darracott has responsibility for matters relating the charities.

Details of SPAA social events will be published in the Diary section of www.spaa.org.

Members may contact the Social Events Committee at jdooey@spaa.org.

SPAA Annual Travel Quiz

Irene Darracott looks after all aspects of the SPAA's Annual Travel Quiz.

Members may contact Irene at idarracott@spaa.org.

Annual SPAA Dinner

Aman Kohli is Convener of the Dinner Committee, and amongst the Members are Joanne Dooey, Tim Roulston and Drew Stewart.

Members may contact Aman at akohli@spaa.org.

SPAA Annual Golf Day

Alan Glen is SPAA Golf Convener.

Members may contact Alan at aglen@spaa.org 

STAR (Scottish Travel Agents' Road Show)

Gayle Gordon and Janice Hogarth look after the STAR event.

Members may contact Gayle at ggordon@spaa.org and Janice at jhogarth@spaa.org.

SPAA Diary

  • Thursday 30 March 2017 - George Hotel, Edinburgh
    STAR Exhibition Edinburgh
  • Thursday 20 April 2017 - Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow
    Spring Seminar & Networking Lunch
  • Tuesday 09 May 2017 - Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow
    Travel Quiz - Glasgow Heat
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