13 September 2017

Your weekly round-up of SPAA news - including the President's remarks, coming events and all the latest product and people news from our Associate Members ... be sure to scroll down!

From the President


Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc throughout the Caribbean and Florida last week. Sadly many people lost their lives and many more lost their homes or were displaced by this massive storm.

The scenes of destruction in the Caribbean were heartbreaking as even the strongest buildings on the smaller islands were destroyed as they received the full force of this Category 5 hurricane, with winds of up to 185 mph.

As it headed towards the USA, Irma was big enough to completely engulf the whole state of Florida. Nobody had seen anything like it - it was being called the 'storm of the century'.

I've got to admit, I had a very restless weekend as the hurricane hit Florida. Not only did I have some clients in Orlando, but I also have friends and family who live near the South East coast. Thankfully, it would seem that everyone is OK and that bad as the storm was, the damage could have been much worse. However, it was a stark reminder of how completely helpless we all are in the face of such a force of nature.

It will take a very long time before the worst hit areas can be rebuilt and a sense of normality returns. But people are generally pretty resilient and you could already see the 'can do' attitude of many of the people in the Caribbean who are determined to rebuild their homes and businesses and get on with their lives. Our thoughts are with them and their families, especially those who lost loved ones.

On another note, thanks to all who attended the SPAA Autumn seminar and networking lunch in Edinburgh last week. We had a superb turnout to hear the results of our market research initiative.

We will issue some press releases on the findings shortly, but without giving too much away - if you would like an insight into what is important to your customers in Scotland, when it comes to holidays or corporate travel, then this report is a must!

If you are a member or associate and don't yet have your copy of the survey, please contact Janice Hogarth at

Alan Glen SPAA President
13 September 2017

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SPAA Autumn Seminar & Networking Lunch 2017
Thursday 7th September - Edinburgh


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      Thu 14 September STAR Exhibition Aberdeen  Douglas Hotel     #STARabz                              
     Thu 02 November Annual Travel AwardsDoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow     #SPAAawards                
     Tue 21 November STAR Exhibition Glasgow DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow     #STARgla                              
     Thu 07 December AGM & Christmas Lunch 29 Club Glasgow     #SPAAchristmas

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Associate Focus


On 1st September, Glasgow Airport welcomed the first flight of Loganair's new independent operation ... 


...  and on the same day, the inaugural service of the new
Flybe /Eastern Airways  alliance

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