African Travel and Tourism Association appoints James Haigh as new chair

The African Travel and Tourism Association (ATTA) has appointed James Haigh as its new Chair, effective Oct. 1, 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.”

“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.”