ABTA will reduce its number of committees from 16 to just six as it attempts to cut red tape at the new-look association.

Most of the trade committees, such as aviation and transport, will be scrapped and replaced with ad hoc working parties.

Each working party is likely to be chaired by a board member with experts drafted in as and when they are needed.

ABTA president Steven Freudmann said: “We want the bare minimum of permanent committees and they will deal largely with regulatory issues. Meetings regarding trade issues will be called when they are necessary.”