HBAA announces vice-chair for 2007

Sue Burgess has been appointed vice-chair of the Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA), with the view to inheriting the chair position from Tim Gasson in 2008. The operations director of venue finder Inntel has sat on the executive committee of the HBAA for six years as a hotel and venue partner liaison, and most recently overseeing charter partner membership. In her new role, Burgess will work under Absolute Corporate Events managing director Tim Gasson who takes over as chair from Bob Dixon in January. “As an ardent campaigner for the hotel and venue booking industry, I’m looking to work alongside the committee to ensure that the highest levels of professionalism are attained and that the image of the HBAA is developed,” Burgess said. Both Burgess and Gasson’s appointment will be officially recognised at the HBAA annual meeting on the 18 December. Their positions commence in January and will last for 12 months. The appointment reflects a move back to business as usual for the HBAA after a hiccup last year when the then vice chair Dev Anand moved to Expotel – a non-HBAA member – putting himself out of contention for the senior post. The move saw Bob Dixon resume the role of chair for an additional year.

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