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.
Martin Johnson – Vice-Chair
Martin is the co-founder and director of the award-winning tour operator, Latin Routes and Polar Routes. Since its humble beginnings above a pizza shop in 2012, Latin Routes has gone from strength-to-strength and developed into one of the UK’s leading tour operators to Latin America. Martin also co-founded Polar Routes in 2016, which specialises in the sale of expedition cruises to the polar regions and beyond.
Martin joined the committee in 2018.
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 LATA Committee in 2016.
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.
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.
Carmel is the Americas Product Manager at Explore Worldwide, one of the UK’s leading Adventure Travel Companies. Specialising in small group adventurous itineraries, Explore offers pioneering trips that aim to get under the skin of a place, working directly with passionate local guides to ensure that each trip is full of authentic moments and experiences. Carmel joined the LATA Committee in 2019.
Simon is Founding Director of Senderos which passionately champions a portfolio of unique wildlife lodges, conservation projects, estancias & haciendas, boutique hotels and expedition vessels around Latin America to the UK and German speaking trade – Marketing and PR for their amazing stories and inspiring projects to tour operators and the press. Simon was once a specialist tour operator himself with Last Frontiers, before starting Senderos in 2004, and also has hotel experience with the family’s Brazil house Casa Cairucu, reached only by sea from Paraty. He has been on and off the LATA committee since 1996 & after a 5 year absence returns late 2020 aiming to contribute in any way possible during these difficult times.
Lucia is Sales Director at Furlong Incoming, Argentina DMC. Born & raised in Buenos Aires, in a family who lived & breathed the Travel Industry, she has been working at Furlong Incoming for the past 15 years, going through all the departments inside the company. Furlong Incoming’s main focus is to provide clients with the best-suited experiences through creativity, flexibility and excellence, by making their clients’ goals their own. In the past 5 years Lucia and Furlong Incoming have been deeply engaged with Sustainability and last year Furlong Incoming achieved Travelife Certification. Lucia joined the LATA Committee in 2020 and very eager to help in these very special times.
Christopher is one of the owners of cazenove+loyd, a London-based tour operator covering Africa, Asia, Australasia and Latin America. He set up their Latin America division over 20 years ago. Widely travelled in Central and South America, he has always felt that it had more potential and deserves a higher profile. c+l has some of the most demanding and exacting clients in the UK and US but they also want real experiences. This has meant the need for the very best partners in its destinations- Latin America can always deliver but it is always about relationships and LATA is about just that. Christopher joined the LATA Committee in 2020.
The founder of Fuadan, Malcolm works with the most exciting travel experience providers from across the globe, representing them in the UK and Europe, helping them to build and develop their positions in these markets. Representing Aqua Expeditions as part of LATA, Malcolm understands working with boutique, high touch travel concepts in Latin America, and he joined the committee in 2020 to help support and restart travel to the region.
Jan is the founder and director of Vapues Travel, a Panama and Nicaragua based DMC that specialises in experiential tailored travel. After getting a degree in International Relations at the University of Amsterdam, some 20 years ago, he moved to Central America and brought a fresh approach to travel in the region, sourcing innovative product and exciting new destinations. For a decade he was local representative of PUM – Netherlands senior experts, matching local companies with senior experts providing business advice and sustainable business solutions. Jan understands the needs of discerning travellers, and the importance of sustainable travel as the world opens again. He joined the LATA Committee in 2021.