Nigel Vere Nicoll – a founder member of the African Travel & Tourism Association – was Chief Executive for over 20 years, and President since 2018. An elected Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society since 1992.
As a former MD of Abercrombie & Kent's Hotel & Lodge Division in Kenya, CEO of Tour Operator, Wild Africa Safaris, Head of Marketing Mount Charlotte: Thistle Hotels UK, MD of Travel Agency Universal Travel and Proprietor of two hotels in Scotland, he has extensive experience in hotel management, tour operating and marketing in UK and Africa.
Vere Nicoll has been an adviser on tourism and crisis management to Foreign & Commonwealth Office Consular Stakeholder Panel, the FCO Travel Advice Review Group (TARG), and the United Nations WTO Tourism Emergency Response Network (TERN).
As African tourism adviser to the Brenthurst Foundation, established by the Oppenheimer family to fund development in Africa, he was appointed International Tourism adviser to the President of Malawi from 2011-2014.