An independent Bristol Hoteliers Association (BHA) has been relaunched to promote and protect the interests of hotels located in and around the capital of the West Country.
The BHA is a non-profit organisation reformed having provided guidance and help for those in the sector back in the early 2000s. The formation of Destination Bristol appeared to have taken over as the forum for hotels to get together, but new issues facing them has forged a renaissance of the association.
With 30 members signed up, including some of the city’s largest hotels, it will work alongside, as well as lobby both the city council and national government in order to attract more business to its members’ venues.
The new chairman is Mark Payne (pictured), general manager at The Bristol Hotel on Harbourside, who says: “With Greater Bristol possessing over 40 hotels and 4,000 rooms, maintaining high level occupancy is key to each venue’s on-going success but also that of the city’s overall economy and prosperity.
“Whether it’s the high-end or budget venue, collectively all the hotels located in Greater Bristol play a major role in the prosperity of the city and surrounding area.
“They employ thousands of people, use many local suppliers and act as a shop window when people and businesses are looking for somewhere to stay or host an event.
“We are committed to improving the quality and standard of hotel service delivered by our team members, and guests’ overall experience of the region.
“We will also be looking to actively promote and support apprenticeships which we see as vital to the future prospects of the sector as well as providing opportunities for those wanting a rewarding and successful career.
“The plan is to hold regular meetings, conferences and social events. We also plan to establish our own hospitality awards where we will celebrate best practice in the sector.
“We now want as many venues to join the association as collectively we will be in a much stronger position to help shape the future of our fantastic city for generations to come.”
Those interested in joining the revitalised BHA should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org