When AITO was established it was in response to the problems posed for smaller travel companies by a sharp increase in bonding levels following a couple of high profile collapses. It was soon realised, however, that smaller, specialist businesses have more in common than a concern with regulatory isues. Thus the association has evolved - as the industry has become ever more polarised between large and small companies, with fewer and fewer occupying the middle ground - into an unique trade body with a number of objectives.
AITO is run by a Council of (unpaid) members who elect one of their number to the position of Chairman. The Council which meets regularly throughout the year, is supported by a team of permanent staff based in Twickenham, managed by a full-time Executive Director.
AITO's great strength comes from the diversity of its membership and the expertise of its repective owners. Together, AITO companies finds strength in numbers to purchase services of various kinds, to make their collective voice heard on a range of issues, to promote the association's values and to market the remarkable variety of members' holidays.
Derek Moore (Chairman)
Amrit Singh (Deputy Chairwoman) - Transindus
Susan Avison (Treasurer) - Inntravel
Alisdair Luxmoore - Fleewinter*
Jonathan Bryan - Discover Adventure*
Martin Garland - Expressions Holidays*
Alastair Donnelly - InsideJapan Tours
Noel Josephides - Sunvil Holidays
Chris McIntyre - Expert Africa
Barrie Neilson - Sailing Holidays
Nicky Shafe - Prestige Holidays
John Tangney - Tangney Tours
John Telfer - Explore
David Wickers - Bridge & Wickers