In pictures: HBAA Annual Dinner 2014

HBAA, the hotel booking agents association, held its 2014 annual dinner at Novotel London West on Friday (10 January).

HBAA annual dinner
HBAA annual dinner

of

HBAA chair, Chris Parnham, hosted the evening, which included entertainment from The Globe Girls, along with a stage set and compilation of West End musicals performed by The Westenders. 

A specially devised version of TV hit Pointless was presented by Parnham and HBAA executive director Juliet Price.

The Tim Gasson Memorial Award, which recognises outstanding contribution and promotion of the association, was made to Stephen Usher. Usher, who is managing director of Usher Consultancy, has worked in the industry for 27 years and was HBAA chair in 2010.

Monies were raised for the chairman’s charity, The Make a Difference Trust, through both the online auction and contributions on the night and will go to help support people living with HIV and AIDS. 

Parnham also announced ambitions to grow the association's membership by 20% in 2014. 

Parnham said: "The HBAA annual dinner is a personal highlight and, with membership at an all-time high, it was great to see so many members and sponsors under one roof.

"Once again we challenged the association’s norms and the feedback from Friday has been fabulous!

"My entire first year in the post has been an amazing experience and all of the committees have strived to make positive changes for our members and future talent. I am thrilled to be able to continue the work I’ve started and to keep driving HBAA as a definitive voice of the industry into 2014 and beyond."    

 



Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
8 activities in... Mauritius

8 activities in... Mauritius

Home to white sands, rum punch, high-octane water sports and natural wonders.

Government offers £250,000 to boost broadband in conference venues

Government offers £250,000 to boost broadband in conference venues

Conference centres across the UK can apply for new funding to improve broadband and attract more international business.

Why influencers are a big part of Las Vegas' MICE strategy

Why influencers are a big part of Las Vegas' MICE strategy

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's new MICE manager discusses influencers and why hotels within hotels are the latest trend.

In pictures: Hilton Garden Inn opens in Lithuania

In pictures: Hilton Garden Inn opens in Lithuania

The Hilton Garden Inn Vilnius City Centre has events facilities and a rooftop terrace and is the brand's first property in the country.

48 hours in Zagreb

48 hours in Zagreb

A two-day incentive itinerary in the capital of Croatia, from Esplanade Zagreb Hotel to a culinary workshop at Dolac Market.

Brand experience trends from around the world

Brand experience trends from around the world

From borderless marketing campaigns to hyper-personalisation, INVNT's leadership team share their insights.

3 ways event planners can find that creative spark

3 ways event planners can find that creative spark

Artist Phil Hansen, MPI keynote at IMEX America, explains how embracing your limitations can inspire new kinds of creativity.

Case study: KFC's RGM Fest

Case study: KFC's RGM Fest

The fast food giant worked with ITG to give its annual event for general managers a festival theme.

First pictures: Guitar Hotel set to open in Florida

First pictures: Guitar Hotel set to open in Florida

The $1.5 billion expansion of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood opens in October with a 'lagoon' and overwater cabanas.

Experts debate whether agencies should charge for pitching

Experts debate whether agencies should charge for pitching

GOTO Events, DRPG, First Event and Clive discussed pitching strategies and the costs involved in big proposals.

LATEST JOBS