News just in…… Peter Ducker, Executive Director of the Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA), has announced that he will be stepping down from the position following the Association’s AGM on 11th January 2013.
A founding member and passionate advocate of the HBAA, Peter was the Association’s first Chairman in 1997 and has overseen many key initiatives during that time. Since his appointment to the role of Executive Director five years ago, these include the Association’s Bribery Act 2010 Industry Guidance for Hotel Booking Agents and Venue Operators, Financial Forum and the HBAA International Charter.
HBAA Chairman Chris Peacock commented “Peter has always been a staunch supporter of the HBAA, and the profile of the Association is now higher than ever before, providing real ROI to agents, hotels, venues and apartment services. We will miss his hard work, professionalism and dedication. I thank him for his continued commitment to the HBAA and wish him all the very best for the future.”
The HBAA will now assess and redefine the Executive Director role and its wider structure: the Association is seeking to appoint an Interim Association Consultant from within the industry for a short term contract. The role has been created to assist throughout the transition period, provide continuity to the membership and committees, carry out some of the strategic responsibilities of the Executive Director, and allow sufficient time to make important decisions for the Association.
“With the support of the Executive Office, Executive Committee and Management Committee, this situation will not adversely affect membership to the Association,” said Chris Peacock, “We will ensure that all decisions taken are in the best interests of the HBAA; this is an opportunity to take the Association forward, and a plan is in place to ensure a smooth transition.”
On a personal note, I have known Peter for the last three or four years and had the pleasure in working with him on a couple of projects, memorably a Hotel Industry Roundtable that I moderated. Peter is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the hotel industry and I am sure the HBAA will sorely miss his enthusiasm drive and commitment. Congratulations Peter, on the great work you have overseen at the HBAA and the very best of luck for the future.