About IATA-AASL

The IATA Agents Association of Sri Lanka was founded in 1988 with an initial membership of 12 Travel Agents accredited by the International Air Transportation Association. It has grown over the past 12 years into an entity of high repute, accepted for its reliability and standards by travelers, at home and across the world. The association derives its strength primarily from its membership of 80 top Travel Agencies Located within the commercial hubs of Sri Lanka. This is a grouping of professionals dedicated to offering their customers the best service standards possible, on par with the highest and most advanced international standards.

They were first in the field with the internet advantage providing discerning regular customers in the Corporate and Independent sectors, with the facility of making travel arrangements direct, from their offices and homes. A continuous commitment to adopting themselves to Sri Lankan expectations also contributes to the position they now enjoy as market leaders. The Associations Council directs its activities in a wide field, concentrating on uplifting the standards of the Industry together with our main business partners. The membership of the IATA Agents Association is clearly a head in Outbound Travel Services where critical parameters of paramount importance have to be set, and when innovative solutions together with sophisticated technology must be deployed.

Membership

Ordinary Membership
a) Ordinary membership of the Association shall be restricted to Out Bound Tours and Airline Ticketing Agents who hold the certificate of accreditation from International Air Transport Association and registered with the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka by the Director General of Civil Aviation Authority under the Air Navigation (Special Provisions) Act No. 55 of 1992 and any other Body prescribed by the Government of Sri Lanka. Authorizing the licensee to carry on the business of Air transportation (passengers).
b) Each member company may nominate by name one representative in writing who could attend meetings of the Association, such representative should be the Chairman , Managing Director , Director or Chief Executive Officer or General Manager of such Member Company or proprietor or partner of such member firm or business undertaken.

Honorary Membership
The general membership shall at an Annual General Meeting or at any Special General Meeting convened for the purpose reserve the right to confer by resolution “Honorary Membership” on a person or persons recognised and recommended by the Executive Council duly adopted by a majority vote of the participants at such general meeting or Annual General meeting.
Such a member shall not have voting rights nor shall hold office but may participate at general meetings as an observer. Honorary members shall not be subject to the provisions of Clause 19 of these Articles of Association.

Application for Membership
An application for membership shall be made in the prescribed form proposed by a council member of the Association and seconded by an another Executive Council Member and addressed to the Association to its Secretariat.
All such applications for membership shall be submitted by the Secretariat to the Executive Council at the next Executive Council Meeting for their approval.
Upon an application being approved by the Executive Council, the name of the applicant shall be registered in the membership Register of the Association and the applicant shall be duly informed of their membership in writing.
Provided However
The Executive Council shall have the right to reject any application for Ordinary Membership without assigning any reason, provided such decision is made by a two-third majority of members present at the meeting of the said Executive Council
If an application for membership is rejected by the Executive Council, the Applicant shall be informed accordingly in writing. The Executive Council reserves the right to call an applicant for an interview/discussion before rejection or selection of an applicant for membership.

Membership Fee
a) A registration fee together with the annual subscription fee shall be payable by an applicant for ordinary membership.
Both the registration fee and Annual subscription will be refunded if the application is rejected. The amount of entrance fee and annual subscription for the period April 01st to March 31st in the following year shall be determined by the Executive Council and shall be at least sufficient to cover the operating expense of the Association.
b) The annual subscription shall be payable on or before the 31st March of each year.
c) A member who is in arrears of his annual subscription for the relevant year at the end of 30th April forfeits his membership.
d) The Secretariat will inform such a member that his membership has ceased for non-payment of his membership fees by registered post.

Termination of Membership / Resignation of Membership
Membership of the Association shall cease under the following sub-clauses:
a) On a member forfeiting his membership in terms of clause 19 (c) above.
b) On a member submitting his resignation in writing to the Association and the Executive Council accepting such resignation.
c) Upon a resolution by the Executive Council removing a member for contravention of the provisions of the Code of Ethics approved at a general or special general meeting of the Association provided however that such a member before such removal is given an opportunity of being heard at a meeting of the Executive Council. Provided however the Executive Council reserves the right to restore the membership of such a person on his submitting an appeal for restoration of membership after payment of all arrears of membership fees and the re-registration fee of Rs.2000/-
d) Upon a member’s registration or license being cancelled by the Regulatory Authority. As defined in the Articles of Association.

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Council of the Association

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF THE ASSOCIATION
There shall be a Executive Council for the administration of its affairs and for discharging the functions assigned to it by these articles and, until otherwise determined by the members of the association at a special general meeting, the Executive Council shall consist of not less than fifteen (15) members, namely,
The President, Vice President, Immediate Past President and twelve members of the Executive Council.
The Executive Council shall have the right to reject any application for Ordinary Membership without assigning any reason, provided such decision is made by a two-third majority of members present at the meeting of the said Executive Council
If an application for membership is rejected by the Executive Council, the Applicant shall be informed accordingly in writing. The Executive Council reserves the right to call an applicant for an interview/discussion before rejection or selection of an applicant for membership.

Executive Council of the IATA Agents Association of Sri Lanka (IATA-AASL) for the year 2012/2013

Seated from Left to Right:
Ms. Lakshika Perera (Secretary), Mr. Suresh Mendis of Classic Travels (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Rizmi Reyal of the Traveller Global (Pvt) Ltd (Vice President), Mr. S. Paramanathan of Atlas Lanka (Pvt) Ltd (President), Mr. Riza Ahamat of Hemas Travels (Pte) Ltd, Ms. Ushendrini Amerasinghe (Secretary).
Standing from Left to Right:
Mr. S. Premakumara of Travel World Pvt Ltd, Mr. A. Vigneswaran of VMS Travels & Tours (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Nishantha Seneviratne of Aitken Spence Travel (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Praki Perera of Sparklink Travels (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Jude Condrad of Himpras Tours, Mr. Duminda Lowe of Second Chance Travels (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. V. Yogarajan of Mackinnons American Express Travel, Mr. Tilak Wickremasinghe of Skyways.
Unavoidably Absent:
Mr. Sudarama de Silva of World Travel Centre Colombo (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Pradeep Muthusamy of Sharmila Travels & Tours.

Code of Ethics


Members' obligations
A concept of social responsibility and ethical conduct is inherent in every society The main reason for the existence of a commercial organization is to produce a market and provide services which satisfy both the needs of the commercial organization in terms of an adequate return on investment, taking into account the risks undertaken. There can also be no dispute that its first responsibility is to be profitable. This is essential not only for the Shareholders, but also for the livelihood and security of its Employees.

IATA believes that these aims can be best achieved in a free enterprise system and in a market economy which allows free enterprise at reasonable scope. A successful and respected Private Sector is an essential prerequisite to the future development of the country. We therefore believe that business is an obligation to advance and promote the principles, not only of economic growth, but also of National Development and Social Progress As Businessmen who are Members of IATA, we accept our commitment to the following basic obligations

1. Obligations to our Customers
2. Obligations to our Employees
3. Obligations to Society
4. Obligations to Competitors within the Trade


We also accept that at various times IATA may be required to give priority to the interest of one or more Members involved in, or affected by its activities, in preference to another. We recognize that in the long term however, this Organization must strike a fair balance, so that the interests of all Members are taken into consideration and no group is unjustly neglected.

1.Obligations to our customers

 

  • Quality
  • Sales Services
  • Advertising and Promotions

   Ensure that in providing customer services we take every precaution to protect their interest
   Provide programmes that meet high standards of quality at a reasonable price
   Ensure that all services that are marketed are of the quality contracted for with the Principal or the client

   Eliminate fraud and deception; to abide by the law and carry out agreements concluded in good faith, setting as our goal not    strict legality, but honesty in all transactions
   Honour product warranties, guarantees and arrange for satisfactory services

Accept that whilst the business has a legitimate right to use its skills to increase the sales of its product and to expand the market, it should not make unfair use of pricing; of consumer, or of trade promotions, for the sole purpose of eliminating competitors and fellow members. Avoid the use of improper, exaggerated, or misleading advertising claims. If superiority is claimed over competitive products or services in any particular aspect of product or service, the Advertiser should be in a position to demonstrate their superiority. Members shall be factual and accurate when providing information about their services, which they represent. They shall not, at any time or place, use misleading or deceptive practices.

2. Obligations to our employees
   Ensure that reasonable wages and other facilities [stipulated by the Government for Employees in the Trade] are made      available to Employees. These minimum standards should not be circumvented through the use of legal loopholes.
   Recruit/employ and promote Employees on the basis of their qualifications and capabilities, irrespective of differences in      race, sex, religion or politics.
   Ensure that adequate health and safety precautions are provided in their work and work environs, so that Employees are      not exposed to hazards, ill health, or security risks.
   Members shall endeavour to give priority to training and educational initiatives aimed at enhancing the professionalism and      quality standards of the industry and reducing staff turnover.
   Treat all Employees, irrespective of their position in the business, with respect as human beings and not to subject them to      any indignities.

3. Obligations to society

   Members shall strictly observe all stipulated governmental regulations, licensing requirements, laws and by-laws that have      been issued with regard to the operational activities of the travel and tourism industry.
   The social customs of the Country must always be adhered to.
   Be good citizens and play a positive role in the community from which we draw our Employees, allied services &  customers.
   Operate, as far as possible, according to the national economic and social goals and policies and, by doing so; contribute to employment, increased living standards and the solution of social problems that arise from the changing environment  and technology.

4. Obligations to competitors
within the trade Members shall settle all debts amongst Members and Suppliers without undue delay, and in accordance with their agency agreements, whichever are applicable. In the event a Member Agency intends to close down its operations, the relevant Agency shall inform the Association, which in turn shall inform all Members of such intention. 5.Illegal immigrants To ensure that we do not transact any business with illegal immigrants.

6.Implementation

   To comply with the Code of Ethics, in both letter and spirit
   To accept that where there is evidence of non-compliance with the Code of Ethics, the IATA Agents' Associationmay hold an inquiry; and where violation of the Code is established, to accept that action may be taken by the Association in relation to each violation in the form of admonition to comply in the future, or warning, or suspension, or even expulsion  as the Association may deem fit.
   To accept as final and conclusive such decisions of the IATA Agents' Association.




Past Presidents

Given below are the outstanding personalities that have led the IATA Agents Association of Sri Lanka. Their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment kept the Association's flag flying high through these years.

Mr. Udaya Nanayakkara
Mr. Tissa Molligod
Mr. Jinendra Ediriweera
Mr. Imtiaz Esufall

1988 / 1989 | 1989 / 1990

1993/ 1994

1991 / 1992
1991 / 1992
1994 / 1995
Mr. Trevor Rajaratnam
Mr. Nihal Perera
Mr. Nilmin Nanayakkara
Mr. Ananda Dhatabaya

1995 / 1996 | 2000 / 2001

2004 / 2005

1996 / 1997
1997 / 1998
1998 / 1999
Mr. Bernard Wijetunge
Mr. Suresh Mendis
Mr. Ahintha Amerasinghe
Mr. V. Mahathevan
1999 / 2000
2009 / 2010
2001 / 2002
2005 / 2006
2002 / 2003
2003 / 2004
Mr. Dino De Fonseka
Mr. Riza Ahamat
Mr. Rizmi Riyal
Mr. Rodney Koelmeyer
2006 / 2007
2007 / 2008
2008 / 2009
2013 / 2014
2010 / 2011
Mr. S Paramanathan
2011 / 2012
2012 / 2013
Meetings of the Association

a) Executive Council Meeting
The Executive Council of the Association shall meet once every month unless or otherwise postponed with valid reasons which are acceptable by the Executive Council. The Meetings shall be convened at the registered office of the Association or at such other premises determined by the Executive Council, to discuss and decide on matters affecting the industry. However, the President may convene a special council meeting e even at shorter notice to discuss urgent matters affecting the industry. The president May invite any person to attend a meeting of the Executive Council where he considers it necessary for any purpose.

b) Annual General Meeting
The Executive Council of the Association shall meet once every month unless or otherwise postponed with valid reasons which are acceptable by the Executive Council. The Meetings shall be convened at the registered office of the Association or at such other premises determined by the Executive Council, to discuss and decide on matters affecting the industry. However, the President may convene a special council meeting e even at shorter notice to discuss urgent matters affecting the industry. The president May invite any person to attend a meeting of the Executive Council where he considers it necessary for any purpose.
The Association shall meet at least once in every calendar year, in accordance with the provisions of section 133 of the Act and this shall be known as the Annual General Meeting.
a) To consider and adopt The Report of the Executive Council and the audited statement of Accounts on the business of the Association.
b) To consider any resolution of which due notice shall have been given to the Executive Council in writing, not less than 07 days preceding the date of such meeting.
c) To appoint the members of the Executive Council for the ensuing year.
d) To appoint a qualified Auditor to audit the accounts of the association for the ensuing financial year in terms of the sections 154 and 157 of the companies act.

c) Special / Extraordinary General Meeting
a) A Special /Extraordinary General Meeting shall be convened by the President on a written application addressed to the President under registered cover, duly signed, at least by one-third of the members of the Association giving the reasons for convening such meeting.
b) The President may summon a Special /Extraordinary General Meeting of the Association if he so desires to discuss matters of importance in the interest of the Association.

Quorum for Meetings
a) The quorum for a meeting of the Executive Council shall be seven (07) members.
b) Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting – A minimum twenty five (25) Members should be present in person to form a quorum.

Notice of Meetings
Notice of every Annual General Meeting, General Meeting should be given fifteen working days before the date of the meeting in terms of section 135(1) and (a) of the Act. Or Special/ Extraordinary General Meeting shall be given at least ten working days before the meeting in terms of the Act. Only matters in respect of which due notice has been given shall be taken up at such meetings.

Chairperson of the Meetings
The President/Chairperson shall chair all meetings of the Executive Council or on his absence the Vice President, or on the absence of both the immediate past president shall chair the meeting provide there is a quorum.
I) All meetings other than the Annual General Meeting duly convened in Accordance with these Rules, shall be called Extraordinary or Special General Meeting.
II) At all meetings of the Association or of the Executive Council, a member shall Have one vote exercisable in person or by an accredited representative in terms of Clause 16 (b) of the Articles of Association.

Amendments
The articles of the Association may be amended at any Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting by a special resolution duly adopted in terms of the act having first obtained the prior approval of the Registrar -General of Companies in terms of the article 9 of the articles of the association.

IATA-AASL Annual General Meeting

IATA-AASL Annual General Meeting 2015/2016
The 27th Annual General Meeting of the Association was held on Tuesday, 19th May, 2015 on board of the Bosphorus Cruise, in Istanbul, Turkey, with a participation of 95 participants from the members companies.
The AGM of the Association was sponsored by Turkish Airlines and Amadeus Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.

Office Bearers
The following shall be the office bearers of the Association,
I.   The President
II.  The Vice President
III. The Immediate Past President
The above mentioned I. And II. Officers shall hold office for one year and are eligible for nomination to hold the office for a second term of one year.

Mr. Tillak Wickramasinghe
Vice President
Mr. Jude Condrad
President
Mr. Riza Ahamat
Immediate Past President
Ms. Ushendrini Amerasinghe
Secretariat- The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Lakshika Perera
Secretariat- The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce