Egyptian Travel Agents elect new Association Board Today
Published 2015-01-27 10:34:08| Ahmed El Damrdash
Egyptian Travel Agents Association (ETAA) will hold its ordinary general assembly today to elect a new board of directors for 2015-2019. The board of directors which manages ETTA consists of fifteen members two thirds of them are elected by the general assembly while the remaining third is appointed by the Egyptian minister of tourism. ETTA's board of directors regulates its work and the policy making. In addition, board of directors determines the relationship with authorities, agencies and departments related to the tourism industry. ETAA's board of directors supervises the branches all over Egypt and coordinates with them. Moreover, 52 candidates are competing to win the membership of 7 positions in ETAA and 77 candidates nominating to win 30 positions as representative for general assembly of ETAA.
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