Majority of TICO Survey Respondents Says
ARTA Canada Vindicated in Pushing for
TICO Board Needs Restructuring and
Favours Increasing Elected Board Members
Changes to TICO Board Composition
Toronto, 05 April 2010: Canada's Association of Retail Travel Agents (ARTA Canada) announced its vindication today with the results of a survey conducted by the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) regarding stakeholder satisfaction with the current structure and composition of the TICO board of directors.
With only 37% of the survey's respondents favouring the current board composition top-heavy with patronage appointments by industry associations, the overwhelming majority of respondents (63%) favoured some alternative structure, with 56% of those respondents proposing to double the elected industry board members (18.9% of respondents) or triple the elected industry board members (12.2% of respondents) or fully elect the industry board members (24.8% of respondents) of TICO.
"This goes to the heart of the core position we took at the September 2009 TICO Annual General Meeting where ARTA Canada was vehemently opposed to decreasing from three to two elected board member seats in favour of a ministerial appointment to the board which hasn't even been made. It also suggests that ACTA's proxy 'landslide' to reduce elected representation was likely based on a lack of transparency and a less than clear detailing of the board composition question. As we have learned from the past, it's all about 'the question'. Ask the right question, and you'll get the right answer", said ARTA Canada President Bruce Bishins, CTC.
TICO will continue to solicit input regarding the board restructuring at town hall meetings scheduled to begin in London, Ontario on 15 April 2010.
About ARTA Canada
ARTA Canada is the largest non-profit federally incorporated professional association of travel retailers in Canada, the members of which consist exclusively of travel agencies and travel agents. In addition to advocating fair and equitable treatment of travel consumers, ARTA Canada represents the commercial and strategic interests of its member travel agencies and travel agents in a variety of national and provincial domains including regulatory and legislative matters, automation, technology, sales and marketing, and distribution.
ARTA Canada is the strategic partner in Canada of the U.S.-based Association of Retail Travel Agents (ARTA). ARTA Canada is the Canadian member of UFTAA, the United Federation of Travel Agents' Associations. To join ARTA Canada, complete details and online membership application and secure payment are available on the ARTA Canada web site at www.artacanada.ca/join.