By James Wilkinson
Tourism Accommodation Australia’s (TAA) Managing Director Rodger Powell has announced he is departing the organisation on September 30, 2014.
Powell, who has not announced the reason for the departure, said it had been “a pleasure to work with the members, the AHA [Australian Hotels Association] and the tourism community to bring TAA to its full potential”.
“The past three years have been very fulfilling, and it has been encouraging to see the major advances our industry has made over this period. I will now look forward to new opportunities in the industry,” he said.
Powell said the Managing Director duties would be handed over to AHA National CEO, Stephen Ferguson.
TAA Chairman, Tony South, thanked Powell for his time at the helm of the association.
“Rodger has successfully built TAA into a leading national accommodation representative organisation as part of the AHA, attracting a substantial increase in the number of individual members and hotel chains to the organisation as a result of his strategies and efforts,” he said.
“During the three years of his leadership, Rodger has ensured that the accommodation sector has had a powerful voice, helping address the many issues that have confronted the industry over this period.”
AHA President Peter Burnett also praised Powell’s work.
“Rodger has played a key role in the advocacy of the hotel accommodation sector through representations at the Federal level,” he said. “Everyone at AHA and TAA wishes Rodger the best in his future endeavours.”