HBAA new chairman Ushers in new vision

The Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA)
has raised
£18,220 for Lynn’s Bowel Cancer Campaign at the Grand
Connaught Rooms, Principal Hayley’s latest venue
acquisition.

The association welcomed over 400 leading hoteliers and agents to its
11th Annual Dinner, this year with a circus theme, complete with
ringmaster MC.

The association places over £4.7bn of accommodation and conference
business into hotels and venues throughout the UK and
new chairman Stephen Usher shared his vision for 2010, outlining objectives. He
introduced the new Management Committee, and a Wise Council, a forum for invited
corporate buyers, venue CEOs and agency CEOs to review the industry.

This year’s Tim Gasson Award, accredited to an individual for their
outstanding promotion of the HBAA, was presented to Richard Rees from Macdonald
Hotels and Resorts.

“I did not personally have the pleasure of knowing Tim, however, like
most in the conference and events sector, I knew of Tim and his outstanding
contribution to the industry, not least the HBAA,” said Rees. “Being recognised
by my colleagues in the HBAA for this prestigious award is something I will
endeavour to live up to; Tim’s commitment to the industry was legendary. It is
the people and professionalism within our industry that make it such a joy to
work in.”

The HBAA has collected over £150,000 for Lynn Faulds-Woods’ charity
since 2003.

This
year’s theme for the association’s annual dinner saw the Grand Connaught Rooms
transformed into an extravagant circus complete with ringmaster.

Stephen Usher said the HBAA would be moving forward in 2010: “I am
sure that, although it is not going to be an easy year, there are signs of
growth, and business will slowly return.  During times like these the benefit of
being an active part of an association is truly felt.”

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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