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James Haigh appointed as new Chair of ATTA

James Haigh
James Haigh

James Haigh appointed as new Chair of ATTA effective October 1, 2024, bringing over 15 years of diverse experience in African tourism.

LONDON – The African Travel and Tourism Association (ATTA) announce the appointment of James Haigh as its new Chair, effective 1 st October 2024. A leading figure in the African tourism industry, James brings over 15 years of extensive experience across countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, and beyond, from Morocco to the Seychelles and São Tomé and Príncipe.

“James’ extensive experience across the African travel and tourism industry will be an invaluable asset as he takes over as ATTA’s new Chair,” said Nigel Vere Nicoll, President and Group MD for ATTA. “His deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities across the continent will further solidify ATTA’s role as the preeminent Voice of Africa.”

Throughout his career, James has had the privilege of firsthand exploration across a vast range of African nations. In November 2013, he and his wife Leanne were appointed as joint CEOs of Tourvest’s East Africa operations following an acquisition. Despite initial turbulence, they
successfully strengthened and restructured the business under their leadership.

“I am truly honoured to serve as Chair of ATTA starting this October,” said James. “In a post-COVID world, ATTA is exceptionally well-positioned to advocate for sustainable tourism development that benefits communities across Africa.”

“I have been incredibly fortunate to have spent the majority of my career working in various African countries,” he added. “We are immensely proud of the profound positive impact our tourism work has on staff, families, and communities.”

ATTA’s outgoing Chairman Nick Aslin suggested that “the appointment of James Haigh will ensure that the valuable work undertaken by ATTA over the past 30 years will continue in a positive and proactive manner.”

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.