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, and specific areas of travel sector affairs and SPAA activities are managed by the SPAA's Committees, details of which appear below.
Convener - Mike Tibbert. Members comprise Ken McLeod, Aman Kohli, Douglas Morrison + Gayle Gordon.
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 Mike at [email protected] with any issues which may be of concern.
Jimmy Martin is Convener of the Leisure Committee, and the Members include Alan Glen and Gayle Gordon. 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 [email protected] with any issues which may be of concern.
Kennedy Cree is Convener of the Cruise Committee, with Irene Darracott and Alan Glen serving as Members.
Members may contact the Cruise Committee at [email protected] with any issued which may be of concern.
Sandy MacPherson is SPAA Political Activities / Industry Affairs Convener
Members may contact Sandy at [email protected] with any issues which may be of concern.
Gayle Gordon is Convener of Social Media.
Members may contact Gayle at [email protected].
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 [email protected].
Douglas Morrison looks after all aspects of the SPAA's Annual Travel Quiz.
Members may contact Douglas at [email protected]
Aman Kohli is Convener of the Dinner Committee, and amongst the Members are Ken McLeod, Joanne Dooey, Tim Roulston, David Bulloch and Wendy Cameron.
Members may contact Aman at [email protected].