New chiefs for travel industry

Travel, tour and air associations have announced staff revamps leading into the new year, with new leaders being sworn in to several influential sector-leading organisations worldwide and in the United States.

The International Air Transport Association will have a new chief executive officer and director general in 2011.

Tony Tyler, the CEO of Cathay Pacific, has been selected by the powerful air body to become its new boss as of 1 July, 2011, following the retirement of the outspoken Giovanni Bisignani. Mr. Tyler will be succeeded at the Hong Kong airline by John Slosar.

The US Tour Operators Association has elected Terry Dale as its new president. Mr Dale. formerly CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association, succeeds the late Bob Whitley, who had held the post at the tour operators association for 32 years.

Meanwhile, the Air Transport Association of America has a new chairman in Delta Airlines’ Richard Anderson. The association represents leading air carriers in America. Mr. Anderson plus new vice-chairman, Gary Kelly of Southwest Airlines, will serve two-year terms in their new posts.

Tourism and science

The United Nations World Tourism Organization has announced it will be holding a knowledge management conference in Faro, Portugal in 2011.

The three-day event for tourism professionals and public sector bodies is called Tourism and Science: Bridging Theory and Practice, according to a news release by the UN.

The role of science and technology, including energy, computing, communications and new technologies in the future of tourism will be discussed at the talking-shop. Delegates will also be involved in seminars about how innovation can increase the competitiveness and sustainability of the sector, attract new consumers and generate new business models. There is also to be a focus on the function of knowledge in tourism governance and institutional excellence.

It is intended that the conference will establish guidelines for future work of the UN tourism organisation Knowledge Network. This will be launched by Taleb Rifai, the secretary-general of the organisation, at the FITUR trade fair in Madrid in January 2011.

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Tony Tyler of Cathay Pacific is the new head of the International Air Transport Association.
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