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SPAA President : Alan Glen

Alan Glen, a Director of long-established family-owned travel agent and operator Glen Travel in Blantyre, currently serves as SPAA President. He has a particular interest in licensing and aviation-related matters, and serves on the UK APJC.

In his 'limited leisure time' a keen golfer and member at Lanark Golf Club, Alan is also a guitarist and singer (a talent he demonstrated during the SPAA Annual Dinner in March 2017.

In his role as SPAA President, he writes a weekly column for SPAA Today and the Association's website. To read any one of Alan's weekly columns, simply scroll down this archive and click on 'More' ...

Monarch customers - repatriated at whose expense?

11 October 2017 : Last week I expounded the virtues of the ATOL system citing the successful repatriation of all the stranded Monarch Airlines passengers. ¬†Unfortunately, I've now got…

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Another tragic and challenging week.

04 October 2017 : Sometimes it seems as if the whole world has gone crazy and it certainly feels that way at the moment. The horrific events in Las Vegas and Marseille are nothing short…

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Welcome to the new SPAA website!

I'm pleased to be able to say a big 'welcome' to the new www.spaa.org - now live, and in full 'soft launch' operation! During the summer, we have been developing a new format and layout…

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Storm of the century!

13 September 2017 : Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc throughout the Caribbean and Florida last week. Sadly many people lost their lives and many more lost their homes or were displaced…

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Golf, retirement, influences and barriers!

29 August 2017 : We were blessed with a great turnout and fair weather for our annual SPAA Golf Day at Lanark Golf Club last week.I may be slightly biased because it is my home course,…

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Sustainable tourism

18 August 2017 ¬Of late,¬†I have been reading a wee bit about mass tourism and how it is affecting the locals in the countries/cities/villages in question.¬† It…

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Getting back in the swing!

It's holiday time for our clients - but also for many of us who choose to be away at this time of year.

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A roaring success!

By all accounts the SPAA Summer Ball at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh last week was a roaring success.¬ The Great Gatsby theme went down a storm with nearly everyone making an…

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New approach with a birds eye view....

New approach with a birds eye view....As I headed south to London City Airport this week for the ABTA aviation committee meeting, little did I know how the journey would make me feel.The…

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The Great Gatsby SPAA Summer Ball 29th June 2017

The Great Gatsby SPAA Summer Ball 29th June 2017 ¬†¬ I hope you are all getting ready for the next big event in the Scottish travel diary - the SPAA Summer Ball at the fabulous Balmoral…

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A week is a long time in politics!

A week is a long time in politics! ¬ I usually refrain from getting involved in public debate about politics - I adhere to the old rule in Scotland, when going out for a drink - if…

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United we stand!

United we stand!¬ As more details emerge of the horrific incidents in London at the weekend - one thing comes across to me loud and clear - that is the bravery and empathy shown by…

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