Tourism Accommodation Australia embraces apartment hotels and holiday ownership sectors

Issues & Trends – August 2013

Tourism Accommodation Australia embraces apartment
hotels and holiday ownership sectors

TOURISM Accommodation Australia (TAA) has a broader scope following recent moves to embrace the apartment hotel and holiday ownership sectors.

TAA was set up two years ago by the accommodation hotel sector because of dissatisfaction with the Australian Hotels Association (AHA).

This month the body announced the appointment of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific’s managing director, Barry Robinson, to its board.

The announcement came hard on the heels of TAA’s signing of the Mantra Group, significantly growing the association’s representation of the apartment-hotel sector.

TAA chairman Tony South said Robinson’s long and broad experience in the hospitality and holiday owner-ship sectors would benefit TAA.

“Barry Robinson brings to the board detailed knowledge of the hotel and resort industry – from develop-ment to branding, management, franchising and operations – and extensive experience in the rapidly growing vacation ownership sector of the hotel industry,” said South.

Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific and Wyndham Hotel Group in the South Pacific are part of the New York Stock Exchange-listed Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world’s largest hospitality companies.

Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific develops, markets and sells holiday ownership interests in a network of 24 resorts in the Asia Pacific region.

“TAA has developed significant momentum and influence over the past two years and after a year of experiencing the TAA membership benefits I am delighted to have been asked to join the TAA board and bring Wyndham’s global multi-brand and vacation ownership experience to the table,” said Robinson.

He joins a board chaired by South and also comprising Bob East (Mantra), Peter Crinis (Crown), Bill Edwards (IHG), Ashley Spencer (Hilton), Iqbal Jumabhoy (SilverNeedle), Nigel Greenaway (Eureka), Sean Hunt (Starwood), Robert Dawson (Hyatt), Trent Fraser (Choice), Peter Hurley (AHA) and Rodger Powell (TAA).

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