ABTA is recommending 18 members sit on the new board at Newman Street as more detailed plans emerge on the proposed restructure of the association.

Officials want five of the nine travel agents on the board to come from the regions with two others from the multiples.

The other two representatives would come from band A – companies with a turnover of between £10m and £50m, and band B, with a turnover between £50m and £250m.

Under the proposals, consortia would not be given an automatic place on the board although chief executive Ian Reynolds stressed nothing was set in stone.

Of the nine tour operator members, two would come from band A (turnover up to £5.8m), two from band B (£5.8m to £19.4m), one from band C (£19.4m to £47.5m) and four from band D (over £47.5m).

The proposals were backed by the Travel Agents’ Council but have yet to be discussed by the Tour Operators’ Council.

It is expected that two of the five regional board members will be the chairman and vice- chairman of the new 11-strong regional council with the remaining three places elected via a free vote where anyone can put their name forward.

Further regional discussions will be held in June and July.