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LATA Committee

The LATA Executive Committee is made of a board of volunteers from across the LATA Membership. The Committee meets regularly throughout the year to discuss ongoing projects and initiatives.
 

Colin Stewart – LATA Chairman

Colin is the UK Director of Air Europa, leading Spanish airline with a ever growing network to Latin America. Colin has successfully launched Spain’s largest privately owned airline into the world’s most challenging and competitive market delivering year on year double digit growth since 2009. Colin joined the LATA committee in 2017.
 

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Lyn Hughes – Vice-chair

Lyn is Managing Director, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Wanderlust magazine, The UK’s Multi-award winning and top magazine for cultural, authentic, experiential and adventurous travel. With readers around the world and a vibrant website too. Wanderlust also produces LATA’s annual LATA Guide to Latin America. Lyn joined the LATA Committee in 2005.

Bibiana Garside – Honorary Secretary

Bibiana joined the LATA Committee in 2014 and has served as LATA’s Honorary Secretary since 2015. She is Director of Marketing at Geodyssey. In 2009 Bibiana founded HighLives Travel which specialises in travel to her native Bolivia, which became a Geodyssey brand in 2016.
 
 

Quinn Meyer – Honorary Treasurer

Quinn is Founder and Director of Crees Foundation, a Peruvian based not for profit organisation, dedicated to supporting a sustainable Amazon through better understanding of the value of the rainforest and helping local people to access its resources in ways that are both profitable and that will preserve the forest for the future. Quinn joined the the LATA Committee in 2016.
 
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Simon Evans

Simon is the UK Manager at Chimu Adventures, a Tour Operator offering full flexible, guaranteed itineraries to Latin America, plus expedition cruises to Antarctica. Simon joined the LATA Committee in 2015.
 
 

 

Wendy McNeill

Wendy is Founder of Wendy McNeill Representation, representing a hand-picked selection of travel suppliers with a  passion for product and relationship building. Wendy joined the LATA Committee in 2009.
 
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Silvia Vizzoni

Silvia Vizzoni is Founder and Director of The BigBlue Collection, a travel and tourism representation company focusing on the day to day management and business development of worldwide travel products and services in the UK & Ireland, Italy and Spain. Silvia joined the LATA Committee in 2016.
 

Will Boocock

Will is Head of Region Americas at Original Travel, an award-winning, creative, luxury travel company offering unique tailor-made holidays worldwide. They specialise in Honeymoons, Family travel, Expert-led journeys, Experience-filled adventures, Safaris, Big short breaks. Will joined the LATA Committee in 2016.
 

Trudi Pearce

Trudi is founder of Responsible Tourism Consulting and has over 22 years of travel and tourism experience with a specialism MSc in Responsible Tourism Management. Her vision for the consultancy is to inspire and support the travel industry to adopt best practice with achievable goals but equally lobby tourism governing bodies and businesses to make better choices across the breadth of sustainability. Trudi joined the committee in 2017.
 

Nick French

Nick is the founder and director of The South America Specialists, a small, specialised luxury tour operator to South America. Offering tailormade itineraries to Latin America they focus on boutique, owner managed properties with an emphasis on personalised service and experiences. Nick joined the committee in 2018.
 

Martin Johnson

Martin’s passion for Latin America began during a gap year travelling, over 15 years ago. He initially planned only a few weeks in Latin America, as part of an around the world trip. But after a couple of weeks, it was clear this was never going to be enough! Martin instructed his Dad to sell his much loved (and quite old) car to fund travelling for a further 6 months. Travel to Latin America has remained a big part of his life ever since, and his passion for the destination was what inspired him to co-found Latin Routes in 2012. Martin joined the committee in 2018.

 

Gareth Mason

Gareth has over 30 years’ experience in the travel industry, having worked in a variety of roles including overseas and airport representation, as well as senior managerial roles in product, sales and operations within tour operations. Gareth is South America Product Manager for Wendy Wu Tours, and joined the committee in 2018

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