Leading responsible tourism campaigner and industry expert Fiona Jeffery has been appointed new chair of the African Travel & Tourism Association, succeeding Julian Edmunds.
Jeffery has served on the Atta board for four years as industry relations director, and has had a long and accomplished career in the travel and tourism industry.
Responsible for World Travel Market from 1986-2013, both as managing director and ultimately as chairman, she brings a wide breadth of knowledge to the role across all aspects of the industry, from government, national tourist boards and destinations to private sector and international trade bodies and organisations.
Founder of international water development charity Just a Drop, Jeffery’s work has taken her to destinations across Africa undertaking projects to provide clean water and sanitation to remote communities.
She also created and launched World Responsible Tourism Day, a responsible tourism drive across the industry globally, in association with the UN World Tourism Organisation.
Commenting on her appointment, Jeffery said: “Being selected as the new chair of Atta is an unexpected honour I do not take lightly.
“My predecessors have all done amazing jobs, and my role is to build on their success.
“With new opportunities emerging all the time, Atta will seek to embrace these, putting the interests of our membership at its heart.
“My love of Africa began on honeymoon with my husband Nigel, exploring Kenya by four-wheel drive vehicle, and I am keen to tackle the issues and opportunities of the industry across the continent.
“These include sustainability, the dangers of overtourism, wildlife conservation and wider issues around poaching, gender equality and the opportunities of tourism to support socio-economic empowerment and development.
“It will be important to play our part supporting and furthering the agenda in many of these areas to ensure joined up thinking and increased impact across our industry.”
The African Travel & Tourism Association is pan-Africa’s largest network of tourism product, promoting tourism to the continent from all corners of the world.
Recognised as the voice of African Tourism, Atta will continue to serve and support business involved in African tourism, representing buyers and suppliers of tourism product with 590 members in 42 countries, 22 are on the African continent.