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Agency & Association

HBAA kicks off 2017 with clear plans for Moving Forward despite challenges of likely Brexit changes

Louise Goalen, the new Chair of the HBAA
Louise Goalen, the new Chair of the HBAA outlined a clear strategy to keep the Association ‘Moving Forward’ in her opening address when she took office at a packed AGM and Kick- Off meeting at the Hilton London Bankside.  
With new HBAA Venues Chair Louisa Watson, Louise Goalen announced to a capacity audience of almost 200 members that the HBAA’s strategy to keep Moving Forward in the second year of its five year plan would include updating the HBAA Code of Practice, developing its International Forum, research projects, white papers, surveys and expanding its training activities.


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Record number of visitors come to London

Travel agent bookings to London up from China and USA

London welcomed a record 14 million international visits in the first nine months of 2016, putting the city on course for another bumper tourism year, according to International Passenger Survey (IPS) figures released today. 

From July to September 2016, there were 5.2 million overseas visits to the city, a decrease of 0.8 percent when compared to the same period in 2015, but the second highest summer period on record.


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Alderley Park Conference Centre joins HBAA

Alderley Park Conference Centre
Alderley Park Conference Centre has joined the Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) – the prestigious trade association for the hotel booking agency, apartment and venue industry.
The organisation was originally formed in formed in 1997 with the aim of improving standards in the hotel venue industry, by addressing common issues and sharing best practice between members. It has since evolved to promoting professional development, nurturing innovation and acting as a lobby group for the sector.


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Realise launches first event apprentice training programme

David Preston
The first fully recognised and industry created apprenticeship training programme has been launched by Realise. The programme, which has been developed by long term industry trainers David Preston and Richard John, is ready to use and follows on from the announcement of hiring of the first event apprentice.
The company behind the training programme has been created by David Preston, who was part of the development team for the apprenticeship Standard and has a thirty-year industry background, including running global events programmes for organisations such as IBM and Kaspersky Labs.


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Former Turnberry Director launches The Lighthouse Consultancy shining some new perspective for its clients

Stephen Walker
BA new player in the Consultancy & Support services sector entered the market place today with the official launch of The Lighthouse Consultancy. Described by founder & MD Stephen Walker as a niche player offering specialist support in a range of business disciplines specifically targeting the hospitality and golf segments.

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