EAQA plans future developments

September 12, 2013

The European Association of Quality Agencies (EAQA) held its AGM in London last week, discussing plans for the association over coming months and industry trends.


Caption: Agents gather at the EAQA AGM in London

Meeting at the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza Hotel during Alphe UK 2013, 20 decision makers from agencies across 11 different countries met to provide input for the continued development of the association, which was established in 2011.

“It’s always a pleasure seeing this diverse group of agency representatives from all of Europe interested in having an association,” said Adela Makashi, EAQA Chair at the opening of the AGM. “As a group of quality agencies, we can do more than individual agencies and have greater influence in matters such as destination and local governments, EU Commission, media, schools and many others.”

The Board outlined targets that it plans to accomplish in the coming 12 months: providing a quality stamp; enhancing membership and member benefits such as free agent training courses; online discussion forums; webinars for professional development and free market intelligence packages.

Delegates discussed issues in the study abroad industry and developments they would like to see moving forward. Newly participating agencies were also briefed on how to become an EAQA member, including the quality review process.

In its second year, EAQA, which predominantly focuses on markets without a national association, grew from five to 15 members, with a further six in the application process and 20 in the pipeline. “EAQA offers a great platform for European agencies, we trust and do our best for it to work to the fullest extent,” said Matej Benus, Secretary of the Association. 


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