The Hotel Booking Agents Association’s (HBAA) Next Gen Board has been renamed and re-purposed as the Diversity & Inclusion Board (D&I).

The move is an evolution of the #HBAAfuturefit vision, which aims to ensure the association is robust, relevant and fit for purpose in the future, as well as providing an inclusive platform for the under-represented in the business events, accommodation and meetings sector.

While HBAA states it is an inclusive and diverse association that opposes discrimination, inequality and injustice of any kind, the D&I Board will take the lead in exercising this agenda in light of the recent global protests against racism and discrimination and the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which the HBAA unequivocally supports.

The D&I Board is led by Ryan Doyle of Park Regis Birmingham, Anthony Kwokori of the Barbican and Olivia Woolley of Hotel and Travel Solutions. A joint statement from the D&I Board said: ‘’We are proud to be the Diversity and Inclusion Board, which will be at the forefront of effecting necessary change and instrumental in taking this diverse industry from strength to strength.’’

Olivia Woolley of Hotel and Travel Solutions