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Robert Durant re-elected to serve as ASTA ICPC chair

Robert Durant re-elected to serve as ASTA ICPC chair (Forimmediaterelease.net) ALEXANDRIA, VA - At THETRADESHOW in Orlando, ASTA's International Chapter Presidents Council (ICPC) re-elected Canada Chapter president Robert Durant of WD World Travel (Vancouver), an international travel management company, to serve a one-year term as ICPC chair. Elected as co-vice chairs were Andrew Gilmour of Montrave International (UK Chapter) and Paul Holevas with Cruiseclub Holidays Ltd. (Greece Chapter).

Serving on ASTA’s 2008-2009 International Chapter Presidents Council are:

Argentina: Cintia Stella*, WOW! Argentina, Buenos Aires
Australia: Bruce West*, Sydney Express/BCD, Sydney
Brazil: Robert Phillips*, DiscoverBrazil, Salvador, Bahia
Bulgaria: Evgeniya Doneva*, Alexander Tour, Sofia
Cambodia: Tui Pakarate Rutten*, First Travel, Phnom Penh
Chile: Adrian R. Turner*, Travellers, Puerto Montt
China: Xiong (George) Yue, Destination Travel International Corp Ltd, Beijing
Costa Rica: Mario A. Leon, MCC*, Greenway Nature Tours, San Jose
Croatia: Andrea Blazekovic, Speranza Travel Agency, Zagreb
Czech Republic: Jiri Muhr, BC*, 4seasoneurope, Prague
Ecuador: Fernando Calderon*, Maxiviajes Ecuador Tours S.A., Quito
Egypt: Mamdouh El Sebai**, Egitalloyd Travel, Zamalek, Cairo
Germany: Hans-Joerg Schultze, BBS Berliner Baeren Stadtrundfahrt GmbH, Berlin
Ghana: Teye Doku**, Rylax Travel and Tours Ltd, Mamprobi, Accra
Greece: Paul J. Holevas**, Cruiseclub Holidays Ltd., Athens
India: Rajeev Kohli, Creative Travel Private, Ltd., New Dehli
Iran: Massoud Nematollahi, Pars Tourist Agency, Shiraz
Ireland: Michael Doorley*, Shandon Travel Ltd., Cork
Israel: Waleed Afifi, Nazarene Tours, Nazareth
Italy: Fabio Beninca Cima, Travel Fasigest/Fasi Gestur, Rome
Japan: Yoshihiro Harada*, Nippon Travel Agency Co., Ltd., Tokyo
Jordan: Nasser Zaatarah, Zaatarah Co. Tourist Travel, Amman
Kenya: Joshua Nyiera, Acacia Holidays Limited, Nairobi
Kuwait: Naser Rezqalla, Alraya Travel Tourism Co., Hawally
Lebanon: Lina Ghazi, Ghazi Travel Agency, Beirut
Malaysia: Dato Nelson Pung*, Remix Travel SDN BHD, Kuala Lumpur
Maldives:Yousuf Riffath, Capital Travel Tours Pvt. Ltd., Male
Malta: Joseph A. Bugeja, Globalair Travel Ltd, Saint Julians
Mexico: Gines Martinez, Jumbo Tours, Cancun
Nepal: Harish Mabohang*, Orion Travel P Ltd, Kathmandu
Netherlands: Perry van de Wiel, Travelhome BV, Waalre
Nigeria: Edmund Yomi Jones, Six Continents Travels Tours, Lagos
Pakistan: Mahmud Ahmad**, Bonds Travel Bureau, Karachi
Peru: Veronica N. de Wicks, Tucano Rps. Peru Latin Trails SAC, Lima
Philippines: Victor S. Limlingan*, Cristina Travel Corporation, Makati, Metro Manila
Portugal: Eduardo Nevoa, Palme-Viagens E Turismo, Sa., Lisbon
Romania: Petre Balas**, Peter Express, Bucharest
Russia: Tatiana Baklanova, Business Travel Group, St. Petersburg
Saudi Arabia: Fayyaz H. Siddiqui, CTA, COO*, Hajeej for Umrah Services, Jeddah
Singapore: Cathy Thang**, Green Island Tours (S) Pte Ltd, Singapore
South Africa: Jo Schutten, Uni Travel, Capetown
Spain: Alexander Maximillian Gray, Y Si Viajas S.L., Las Rozas
Sri Lanka: Raju Arasaratnam*, Jetwing Travels (Pvt.) Limited, Colombo
Syria: Ghassan Aidi, Chamtour, Damascus
Tanzania: Faiza Punja, Winglink Travel Limited, Dares Salaam
Thailand: Pitsanu Kongkunpai, 24 Jan. Travel, Saimai, Bangkok
Turkey: Ceylan Pirincciuglu, VIP Tourism Turkey, Harbiye, Istanbul
United Arab Emirates: Raed M. Al Kiswani*, Mouta International Travels, Abu Dhabi
United Kingdom: Andrew Gilmour, Montrave International, Leven, Fife
Vietnam: Truong Quang Le, DirecTravel Asia Co., Ltd, Ho Chi Minh City
W. Canada: Robert Durant**, WD World Travel, Vancouver

(Newly elected presidents are noted with a * next to their names. Those individuals with ** indicate chapter presidents assuming a second term. The remaining chapter presidents listed below with no indications next to their names are chapter presidents continuing their terms, which hold elections on odd years.)

As part of ASTA’s governance, Durant will sit on ASTA’s board of directors, consisting of nine national directors elected at-large for two-year, staggered terms, three chapter presidents, the chair of the International Chapter Presidents’ Council (ICPC), and two Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) members.
The mission of the American Society of Travel Agents and its affiliated organizations is to enhance the professionalism and profitability of members worldwide through effective representation in industry and government affairs, education and training, and by identifying and meeting the needs of the traveling public.

Ms. Kristina Rundquist VP, Communications American Society of Travel Agents Phone: (703) 739-8710 E-Mail: pr@asta.org

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