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The 6th December saw the SPAA holding our Annual Christmas Network Lunch, which for the first time had a waitlist of guests to attend. With over 130 enthusiastic attendees from near and far, this was the largest ever turnout for our festive event, meeting at the spectacular Corinthian in Glasgow’s city centre. With entertainment from Soul Nation, and celebrations going on until late evening this was another hugely successful event from the SPAA. The support we receive from Sponsors, Associates and Members is immense, and it underlines how positive the travel industry in Scotland is at the present time.

Deserved tributes were offered to travel colleagues Ken Bryan (BA), Mike Evans (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines) and Gill Maguire (Emirates), who had all announced their retirement from the industry in recent times, despite all looking as though they were getting younger by the day! All three have served their individual companies for a considerable number of years, and we wish them well for the future. The industry will be less fun without them!

Before the lunch, we held our Annual General Meeting, where one or two changes of personnel took place. Firstly, Sandy MacPherson stood down as SPAA Treasurer, having served in that position for a considerable number of years, and of course he is a Past President of the Association, and a long standing Member. I would like to publicly express my huge gratitude to Sandy for the considerable and diligent way he not only managed the finances of the organisation, but also for his wise counsel on all important matters that have been discussed over the years. I’m delighted to say that Sandy will be staying on as our Political Convener to ensure continuity as we build our relationships in the political arena.

I’m therefore pleased to say that Brian Potter was elected Treasurer for 2019. In addition, Alan Milne of DP&L also stepped down from the Council, and as Rail Convener I would like to thank Alan for his service to the SPAA over the last few years as he has contributed greatly to the success of our organisation. Wayne Russell stepped down from Council during the latter part of the year due to his change of employment, and Aman Kohli and Douglas Morrison were at the end of their first tenure, but were standing for re-election. Both Aman and Douglas were elected unopposed, and there were two further nominations for the remaining two places. Maggie Monteith of Traveleads, and Paul Cronje of Clyde Travel were duly elected accordingly and I am delighted that we have such experienced people coming onto Council to continue to develop the organisation over the next year and beyond.

Ken McLeod 
SPAA President