AFTA welcomes Merricks on Board

The 45th Annual General Meeting of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents this week saw the election of MTA Mobile Travel Agents co-founder and CEO Roy Merricks to the AFTA Board.

He was one of two non-incumbent nominees, and was elected alongside existing Directors Tom Manwaring from Express Travel Group, Flight Centre’s Graham Turner and David Smith, CT Partners’ David Greenland from Reed & Mackay and Consolidated Travel CEO Spiros Alysandratos.

The election outcome followed the surprise resignation of Helloworld’s Julie Primmer from the Board the day before the AGM, stepping down after a decade in the role. During the meeting AFTA CEO Dean Long and Chairman Tom Manwaring both paid tribute to Primmer’s long tenure on the baord, saying she had been an “outstanding contributor, particularly in Canberra where she regularly attended meetings and contributed in securing the grant program” during the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting, which was the longest AFTA AGM in living memory at 26 minutes, was followed by a gathering of the new Board which formally re-elected incumbents Tom Manwaring as Chairman alongside vice-Chairs Christian Hunter from Travellers Choice and Flight Centre’s Skroo Turner.


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