At the keenly-contested and recently-concluded 37th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) held on Thursday, May 19, 2016, its current President, Mr. Devinder Ohri, was re-elected for a second term of office.
Mr. Ohri said that he welcomed the challenge put up by a rival team within its membership to contest four of the highest offices of the Association as being a positive sign of progress and a step in the right direction. “Healthy competition in free and fairly contested elections is good for any democratic Association because it ensures renewal as we mature and move forward.”
He was re-elected President, while fielding a new and younger “next generation” team comprising Mr Steven Ler as Deputy President, Mr. Albert Hong as Secretary-General and Mr Simon Er as Treasurer.
Said Mr. Ohri, “I am most heartened and encouraged with the results because our Executive Committee’s talent acquisition and renewal process is now well underway with significant key positions being filled by what I call the future faces of NATAS.”
“The fact that we were able to win a clean sweep of all four positions being contested with an average margin of 66 per cent of the valid votes cast is clear indication and re-affirmation that the majority of our general membership is supportive of our performance and changes being made.”
Notably, six of the ten office-bearers elected, including those who were returned uncontested, are new faces in the NATAS Executive Committee.
The newly-elected Executive Committee Members for the term 2016 – 2018 are:
President: Mr. Devinder Ohri
Deputy President: Mr. Steven Ler
Secretary-General: Mr. Albert Hong
Honorary Treasurer: Mr. Simon Er
Chairman – Inbound: Mr. Samson Tan
Chairman – Outbound: Mr. Clifford Neo
Chairman – Air Transport: Mr. Albert Ho
Chairman – Surface Transport: Mr. Micker Sia
Chairman – Manpower & Training: Ms. Fiona Lim
Chairman – Information Technology: Mr. Ang Eu Khoon
STB Representative: Ms. Ong Ling Lee
The National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) is an industry-led organisation representing the travel agents in Singapore. As the voice of the industry, NATAS supports and spearheads education and training, and it aims to strive for travel excellence by setting and regulating standards of professionalism and ethical conduct of its members.
NATAS aims to promote and foster goodwill, cooperation and understanding not only within the local community, but also with its counterparts in the region and the rest of the world.
NATAS conducts a wide range of events for its members, and these are not just limited to the biannual travel fairs. NATAS conducts seminars and enrichment workshops to educate members, as well as familiarisation tours to hotels and attractions to help members get constant product knowledge updates as well as to facilitate potential business partnerships. It also conducts formal networking sessions where travel agents will be given the opportunity to meet new business partners, both from the local and overseas markets.