GTMC chief announces retirement

The UK’s business travel agents’ organisation is seeking a new head after chief executive Adrian Parkes announced his retirement yesterday.

He will step down as chief executive of the GTMC this summer with the guild’s board starting the process to appoint a successor.

Parkes joined in September 2017 following a career which included senior roles at bmi, Etihad Airways and Portman Travel.

His time in charge has seen a turbulent time in the industry with major regulatory changes, the advancement of Iata’s NDC and Brexit uncertainty. 

Gtmc chairman Pail Allan said: “I am extremely proud and grateful for all that has been achieved during Adrian’s leadership of the GTMC.

“Not least, he has been instrumental in shaping relations with both Iata and the leading European travel associations, as NDC becomes more and more a reality.

“Additionally, he has been the driving force behind the strides the GTMC has taken to future-proof the sector through various education initiatives. He will be leaving with our thanks and very best wishes

“We have started the process to appoint the next GTMC CEO and we look forward to sharing news of the appointment in due course.”

The organisation holds its annual overseas conference in Noordvijk in The Netherlands on June 30-July 2.

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