Agto chief executive steps down

Mike Bugsgang, chief executive of the Association of Group Travel Organisers, will stand down from the role in December following a three-year term of office.

He will continue to run his long-established marketing and PR consultancy and will seek to take on non-executive directorships within the tourism sector.

During his tenure at Agto, Bugsgang has led the association through a name change and rebranding exercise, raising the profile of the organisation which resulted in an increase in membership.

Bugsgang said: “My part-time role as CEO of Agto has been tremendously rewarding. I am delighted to be leaving the association in a much a stronger position than when I joined.

“The strategy I implemented has enabled it to achieve a real growth in membership and a firm positioning as the voice of the group travel sector.

“The work has included a wider use of communication channels such as upgrading of the website and social media platforms, marketing campaigns to recruit new members, the creation of a Scotland Branch and the revision of various governance controls.”

David Steele, Agto board director, said: “We are extremely grateful to Mike for his leadership and strategic direction. The association has made great progress over the past few years.

“Mike will be sorely missed, but we wish him well for the future.”