BY JAMES WILKINSON
Following the recent appointment of Chairman Tony South, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) has this week (Apr 16) unveiled its new national board.
Alongside South, IHG’s former head of Development for Asia-Pacific, members on the TAA board include: Peter Hurley, CEO of Hurley Hotels and National President of the Australian Hotels Association; Peter Crinis, Group Executive General Manager of Crown Melbourne’s Hotels and Retail and President of the AHA’s National Accommodation Division; Nigel Greenaway, Fund Manager of Eureka Funds Management; Ashley Spencer, Vice President of Operations – Australia, Hilton Worldwide; Sean Hunt, Regional Vice President for Starwood Pacific Hotels and Managing Director, Sheraton on the Park in Sydney; Jonathan Wooller, Senior Vice President of Operations at SilverNeedle Hospitality; Robert Dawson, Area Director – Pacific at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts; Trent Fraser, CEO of Choice Hotels Australasia; and Rodger Powell, Managing Director of Tourism Accommodation Australia.
“The significant contribution to be made by this group of energetic and highly experienced hoteliers lends further weight to the Strategic Plan announced by TAA only a few months ago,” South said.
“With experience in owning, investing, operating and managing substantial accommodation businesses this board will provide a high level of expertise and credibility to TAA as it pursues its advocacy and strategic agenda for the accommodation industry.
“TAA has brought together a group of individuals whose combined skills and track records will be essential to delivering on our ambitious agenda for the accommodation industry.
“This impressive group of accommodation industry leaders brings experience to the table in management, destination marketing, asset management, franchising, human resources and the operation of a variety of accommodation properties from star-rated hotels, serviced apartments and motels to holiday parks.
“With a strong political advocacy history and networks established by the AHA in both regional and metropolitan areas, TAA is well positioned to be the influential voice the accommodation industry needs,” he said.