Asnawi Bahar and Ben Sukma have abruptly stepped down from their respective positions of chairman and advisory board chair of the Association of the Indonesia Tours and Travel Agencies (ASITA).
The resignations were announced at the ASITA Plenary Meeting in Jakarta last week.
Budijanto Ardiansyah, vice president of ASITA, said: “Asnawi resigned to focus on his nomination as a member of the Regional Representative Council of Indonesia in the West Sumatra electoral district.”
The association says Ben Sukma is stepping down to go into retirement.
TTG Asia, however, understands that both executives were discharged from their positions following a no-trust motion by the regional chapter boards.
Denying the news, Budijanto said: “That is not true. Yes, there was a friction, which is common in any organisation, but it had been resolved well before the plenary meeting.”
Budijanto was appointed acting chairman of ASITA and an Extraordinary Assembly will be held in Jakarta on February 26-28 to elect a new chairman.
He assured: “During this transition period it will be business as usual for ASITA, with all complete board members until the election of the new chairman.”
Hasiyana Ashadi, ASITA’s Jakarta chapter chairman, added that a steering committee and organising committee have been formed to hold National Assembly.
She said candidates running for the post of chairman should have served in the ASITA chapter and central boards for at least one term.
“The most important thing is the person must stay in Jakarta because ASITA needs to work together with government. Whoever the new chairman will be, I expect the person can make ASITA better, and support the development of Indonesian tourism.”