New President and Board for Brazilian agency association Belta
From June 25th, Alexandre Argenta, Director of TravelMate , will become the new President of Belta, replacing Maura Leão , CEO of Yazigi Travel , who has served the last six years at the helm of the association.
The Belta Board for 2021-2024 will be competed by: Neila Chammas, Director of Just & ETC Intercâmbio as Financial Director: Maura, who becomes Institutional Relations Director; and Antonio Bacelar Jr , Director of Via Mundo Intercambio Turismo , as Operations Director.
Maura said, “I am grateful for the immense support of all Belta associates in recent years for the hard work that has been done. This time we donate to the association is for the benefit of our market. And the respectability we have achieved in Brazil and around the world is based on the ethical stance we have and praise very much. Especially in this pandemic moment that we are going through, we saw the importance that the association has been having for us Belta members. [I wish] absolute success for the new President, and for the Board of which I will be also part. Together we are even stronger!”
Giving his first speech during the Belta Electoral Assembly, Alexandre said, “I am very honoured with the confidence of the Belta agencies in electing me and being part of this board. I would like to thank Maura for her great work in recent years.”
He continued, “For the feedback of the members, we will keep developing in this complicated moment where we have to work on behalf of the collective. As a businessman and as a person, I saw the importance of the collective in the last year. My line of action is objective and focused on results. I will maintain the institutional line of the Belta Bylaw, focusing on the commercial in a way that is positive for everyone. I hope to be able to help and share new ideas to conquer our space more and more in this recovery that is already happening. I am confident that the next two or three years will be better than ever.”
The Belta Audit Committee for 2021-24 will be formed by: Carla Amaral from Central Internacional do Estudante (Belo Horizonte); Derci Jardim from Cultura Global Intercâmbio (São Paulo); and Cristiane Marie Cardoso de Mello Silva from International Schools and Travel (Rio de Janeiro).
Meanwhile, the Ethics Committee is comprised of Ana Beatriz Faulhaber from CP4 Cursos no Exterior/ Traveller (Rio de Janeiro); Flávio Crusoé Jr from BEX – Brazilian Exchange (Salvador); and Roberta Gutschow from RodaMundo Intercambio (São Paulo).
The association management team wished the new board good luck for the challenges ahead that will be “overcome with work, commitment and positive energy”.
Established in 1992, Belta represents more than 40 Brazilian agencies and a significant proportion of outbound market share.
Belta is a member of the global Federation of Education and Language Consultant Associations ( Felca ) and was inducted into the StudyTravel Super Star Hall of Fame in 2012 after winning the ST Star Agency Association category for a fifth time.