New board and losses at first Eventia summer conference

Eventia has reported a decline in income to £115,809 in 2005, compared with £142,149 in 2004, resulting in an operating deficiency of £37,231. Reserves were also down by £35,953. Results were revealed at Eventia’s AGM, held at its first summer conference at Eynsham Hall, near Oxford. Chairman Nigel Cooper commented: "2005 was a difficult year for the ITMA. There was a dwindling membership and a lack of revenue and some one off restructuring costs. The 2006 position is much better financially and we hope to be reporting positively next year," said Cooper. "We want to invest in benefits the members are looking for." Cooper added that membership falls were reversing and he expected an upturn from the organisation’s three main sources of income: awards, events and membership fees. There are now 214 Eventia members, with 15 applications pending, said Cooper. Agencies account for 44 members with six pending. The trade body has also appointed its new board, replacing the interim board that has been in position since the organisation formed in January. The eight agency and five partner members include eight new directors. Cooper said there was also the option of drafting up to four discretionary members on to the board. Cooper said the interest in the elections demonstrated the new level of confidence among Eventia members. "The fact that people wanted to stand is fantastic, because 12 months ago they did not. We have also had a record level of voting," he said. The new Eventia board members are: Nigel Cooper, P&MM; Rob Allen, TRO; Emma Bainbridge, BI; Jonathan Cohen, Visit Denmark; Patrick Collins, Universal CIT; Peter Franks, TFI Group; Anita Heathcote, Ritz-Carlton; Brian Kirsch, Event Assured; Barbel Kirchner, Government of Dubai, Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing; Dana Lewis, Accor Hotels; Martin Parry, World Event Management, John Walker, Oxford International and David Bottrill, DBMT.

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