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.’’