ECTAA Announces Frank Oostdam as New President
The European Travel Agents’ & Tour Operators’ Associations (ECTAA) has elected Frank Oostdam as its new president for a two-year term.
The representatives of the travel agents and tour operators of Europe elected Oostdam, also president of the Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ANVR), during ECTAA’s semi-annual meeting held during June 9-10 in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Heli Mäki-Fränti from Finland was elected vice president while Marios Kammenos from Greece, was re-elected treasurer.
The delegates thanked outgoing President Pawel Niewiadomski for his commitment and achievements during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I am very honored to be elected as president of ECTAA. The travel and tourism industry in Europe faces multiple challenges. The Covid-19 pandemic is not over and the war in Ukraine, the increasing energy prices and shortage of skilled labor force are putting additional pressure on travel companies,” Frank Oostdam said.
Oostdam’s first priority will be to work with political leaders and industry partners on setting the right framework for the tourism industry to recover from the past two years and be able to operate. He is also a firm believer that travel companies should give sustainability a prominent role in their renewed business strategy.
“This is why ECTAA will actively help its members to bring the right support to companies to act as quickly as possible,” he added.
ECTAA regroups the national associations of travel agents and tour operators of 30 European countries and represents some 70.000 enterprises.