Published on Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Former football boss to lead Association of Travel Agents

Greg Mould, former chief executive of Cambridge United and a travel industry veteran, has been appointed chief executive of the new Association of Travel Agents.

Mould, who was Cambridgeshire-based Premier Travel managing director until last December , also spent a year leading non-league Cambridge United until last spring.

The ATA was formed in October 2012 with the sole purpose to campaign for a better outcome for travel agents from the on-going Package Travel Directive reform.

Founding Members are a mix of both high street and online agents, including The Travel Network Group (TTA and Worldchoice), Hays Travel, Travel Republic, Low Cost Holidays, On Holiday Group, Bookable Holidays, Alpha Rooms, On The Beach and Barrhead Travel.

The collective customer base of its membership is over 10 million, with a combined turnover in excess of £3 billion.

Kane Pirie of Travel Republic, one of the ATA's founding members, said: "We are delighted that Greg has joined in this key role and his background on the High Street underlines that the ATA speaks for all agents, big and small, on and offline".

Mould said: "An active, vibrant trade association dedicated to representing travel agents is long overdue. The ATA is getting its message over in London and Brussels and momentum is building. When agents unite, people listen."

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  • far better late than never!

    Good luck and best wishes to Mr Mould with this venture, it's long overdue and hopefully will prove most useful to agents. Now we should have our own voice, having so long had the so called 'Association of British Travel Agents' representing mixed interests and never really standing up for agents both large and small against tour operator members. ( I expect some flack on that but I can only speak from personal experience). I've been an agent now for almost 30 years and it has taken that long to 'shake off the shackles' of ABTA, something which the TTA managed to do to a large extent but even they had to represent their tour operator members too. And now Greg Mould is set to break the mould!

    By derek small, Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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