The LATA Foundation has raised over £2000 at its annual travel industry pub quiz which took place on 4 June in central London and was attended by over 90 travel industry guests. All the funds will be invested into the LATA Foundation’s core charity initiatives in Latin America.
Sponsored by the Guyana Tourism Authority, and supported by Air Europa as well as many organisations and individuals that generously donated raffle prizes (Panamericana de Viajes DMC, Tourplans Brazil DMC, Inspira Travel, AJ Adventure Journeys, Martin Morales, Audley Travel, Wendy McNeil Representation, Nori Jemil, El Dorado Rum, Wilderness Explorers, Chris Pickard, LOTUS LATAM, Jerusalem Bar & Kitchen, Australis Cruises, Water2Go, and Pimlico Trove), the quiz was attended by most of the UK’s major Latin America tour operators split into 14 company teams, many of which are already supporters of the LATA Foundation.
The evening kicked off with a short introduction from LATA Foundation Chairman, Chris Pickard, who outlined the LATA Foundation’s main ambitions before handing over the floor to the Guyana Tourism Authority. UK representative, Kate McWilliams and Tony Thorne from Wilderness Explorers showcased some of Guyana’s many highlights including the dramatic Kaieteur Falls, wildlife and bird-watching opportunities and examples of ambitious community led and owned tourism projects in the country. LATA chairman and Air Europa director Colin Stewart followed with details on the latest developments from the airline, including new routes to Medellin, Panama and Iguazu Falls.
Then expert quiz master Jim Ashworth took to the mic to test the teams across a range of classic pub quiz genres with the Latin American travel industry battling it out to become the winners. The competition was red hot with Audley Travel taking the top spot by just two points, followed by Journey Latin America in second place.
The winners were each treated to a bottle of South American wine, courtesy of the LATA Foundation chairman, before the raffle draw which concluded with the star prize of two flights to Latin America, flying with Air Europa, won by Adam Lloyds from Wanderlust.
“On behalf of the Trustees of the LATA Foundation we would like to thank everyone – individuals and companies – that were involved in the annual LATA Foundation pub quiz.”Chris Pickard, LATA Foundation Chairman
Created by the Latin America travel industry in the UK, the LATA Foundation’s mission is to support grassroots projects throughout Latin America to help to transform lives, supply clean water, support conservation initiatives and offer practical training and skills to empower local communities. The LATA Foundation has four broad aims: conservation of the environment, poverty relief, sustainable development, economic growth & regeneration and the promotion of ethical and responsible business practices. Currently the LATA Foundation works with ten core projects in Latin America as well as supporting a range of smaller projects.
Chris Pickard says, “On behalf of the Trustees of the LATA Foundation we would like to thank everyone – individuals and companies – that were involved in the annual LATA Foundation pub quiz. It does not matter if you came along to take part, supported the raffle, or were involved with the organisation, we, and the people you are helping in Latin America, “Thank You”. We are of course absolutely delighted to have raised over £2000 at the quiz.
Until Next Year!