22 September Leanne Harwood elected President September 22, 2021 By Jenny Le October Key News Update 0 Leanne Harwood has been elected President of the Accommodation Association, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the 54-year history of the organisation. Ms Harwood is IHG Hotels & Resorts’ SVP Managing Director for Japan, Australasia and the Pacific. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, including 16 years working around the world with IHG. She has been part of the Accommodation Association’s National Council for two years, and was a Board Member of Tourism Accommodation Australia for two years prior to that. The historic appointment follows the recent member election. Ms Harwood assumed the position on 20 September 2021. Quotes attributable to Accommodation Association incoming President Leanne Harwood: “I am proud to be stepping in to the role of President at this time of momentous challenge for the industry and change for the Accommodation Association. We are moving into the key stages of the proposed merger with the Australian Hotels Association/Tourism Accommodation Association and we need to ensure progress continues in the right direction to drive the best outcomes for our members. We also have the ongoing fight for more Government support for our sector to get us through the impact of COVID and we need to make sure that we continue to build the profile of our amazing industry, along with the skills of our people and the workforce needed moving forward.” “I am so very proud to be the first female President of the Association. Diversity, equity and inclusion has been one of the most profound changes in the world of hospitality from when I started out more than 25 years ago. In fact when I started I was told that I wouldn’t make it in operational leadership because I would probably leave to have children. I’ve worked hard to drive change from the inside and have chosen to take on increasingly senior leadership roles. In doing so, I hope I’ve played a role in making it easier for future female leaders.” “On behalf of the Council and our members, I would like to acknowledge the significant contribution of Julian Clark during his time as President. He can and should be extremely proud of his impact in progressing the evolution of our Association and awareness of the importance and needs of Australia’s Accommodation sector.” “The Council and I will be working closely with Interim CEO Richard Munro to ensure the needs of our members continue to be met and awareness of the critical need for support for Australia’s accommodation providers continues to pick up speed.” Related Articles ahs hospitality Appoints Leanne Graham as EGM ahs hospitality announce the appointment of their new Executive General Manager Leanne Graham. Julian Clark finishes as President after 7 years of service Outgoing Accommodation Association President Julian Clark today thanked his fellow Council members and Association members for their support during his seven years in the leadership role. Victoria Tourism Industry Council congratulates Scott Morrison The Victoria Tourism Industry Council congratulates the Hon Scott Morrison MP, and the Liberal National Coalition team, on their success in the 2019 federal election. VTIC looks forward to working with the re-elected Coalition government as it develops policies to grow the Victorian tourism, hospitality and events industry over the next four years. Our plan to back Australia's tourism industry and create more jobs Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Investment, Simon Birmingham, says a re-elected Morrison Government will continue to grow Australia's $136 billion tourism industry as part of our plan to keep the economy strong and generate another 1.25 million jobs across Australia Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement ratified Australia has ratified the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) following the recent visit to Australia by the President of Indonesia. Queensland State Advisory Board Update The Queensland State Advisory Board (SAB) Chaired by Mark Hodge met on Tuesday 16th July and discussed a number of issues specifically relevant to Queensland. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.