(Posted 18th October 2022)
Having completed his term of office from 2020 – 2022, John Corse (Managing Director of
Serengeti Balloon Safaris) retired on 30th of September 2022.
The Board would like to thank John for his tireless work, steering the association through
extremely difficult and uncharted waters over the pandemic. His experience and wise council is
much valued, and he has agreed to retain his position of ATTA’s wholly owned subsidiary
Experience Africa Events Ltd.
Nick Aslin (Owner of Zambian Ground Handlers) formerly Vice-Chair is appointed as chair of
both ATTA and Experience Africa Events Ltd from 01st of October 2022.
The board are delighted to welcome Nick as Chairman of the association and look forward to working with him over the coming years as the association looks to growth and the return of a full calendar of events around the world.
On his appointment Nick Aslin commented “I have long believed in the value that ATTA is able to
offer to all elements of the African travel industry, it was an honour therefore to be asked to chair
the Association. There is plenty of work to be done but I am looking forward to exciting times as the
trade recovers strongly from the trials of the pandemic.”
Nick will be at the upcoming events in London firstly welcoming our new partnership with The
Africa Hub on Wednesday 19th of October in London and also at our popular WTM London
Networking event on Monday 07th of November.
Fiona Jeffery OBE (Founder of Just a Drop) retires as director of Experience Africa Events Ltd
as of 30th of September 2022 and is appointed a Life Fellow of the association.
This honorary position is offered to former directors who have made an outstanding
contribution to ATTA®. Invited to join the Fellowship by the senior office holders of the
Association, their wise council is retained and is always much valued by the President, Chair, and
Fiona was first appointed director of ATTA® in October 2014 and took over as Chair of from
October 2018-2020. She was the first appointed director of Experience Africa Events Ltd.
Fiona has made a substantial contribution to the association overseeing the introduction of our
new Memorandum and Articles, the formation of Experience Africa Events and the new Advisory
Board. Fiona was also responsible for the introduction of ATTA®’s Sustainable Tourism Charter.
On receiving the appointment, Fiona Jeffery OBE commented “I’m delighted and honoured to
become a Fellow of the African Travel & Tourism Association which remains very dear to my heart.
The Association is an incredible family of passionate lovers of Africa each doing what they can to
preserve this continents wealth of magic whilst sharing it with travellers across the world. I’m
delighted to not only see the return post covid of Experience Africa, but that we now have a
genuine commitment to social and environmental governance through the Association’s own
dedicated Sustainability Charter that will support and unite the sterling effort many ATTA members
play in preserving and protecting African culture, wildlife and communities. Through Just a Drop’s
work and as a Fellow of the Association I will continue to work to improving opportunities for
communities across Africa through the delivery of water, sanitation, hygiene education, food
security, gender equality and economic development as well as climate mitigation and support the
African Travel & Tourism Association in any way I can”
Fiona now joins ATTA® Life Fellows Ross Kennedy (Africa Albida Tourism, Zimbabwe), Anita
Powell (Small World Marketing, UK) and Mohanjeet Brar (Gamewatchers Safaris, Kenya)