The HBAA has launched a
Technology, Innovation and Sustainability (TIS) committee, which it says will
champion sustainability within the association’s agent and venue members.
The TIS committee will be chaired by director of partnerships at
Capita Travel and Events, Leigh Cowlishaw and replaces the previous Technology,
Innovation and Environment Committee (TIE).
Priorities set for the committee in 2015/2016 include becoming a
technology voice to the market and providing a portal for corporate buyers and
association members, via the HBAA website.
TIS promises also to showcase new technology innovation to the
On the sustainability agenda, TIS will aim to provide guidelines,
trackers and checklists to enable agents and organisers to reduce activities,
which will negatively impact the environment.
Cowlishaw, who is also vice-chair of the HBAA, said:
“Sustainability isn’t a new thing. Venues, event organisers and agents have
been championing the green agenda for years, and yet we continue to call
sustainability a future development issue.
“Corporate responsibility is a long-term view and should be a
pre-requisite in the way we work. Acting now will set businesses up to thrive
in years to come and we are delighted to see it back as part of meetings and
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