The Hotel Booking Agents Association’s (HBAA) executive director Peter Ducker will step down from his position following the association’s AGM in January. It was also separately announced that he will start at that same time as chief executive at the Institute of Hospitality, succeeding Philippe Rossiter.
A founding member of the HBAA, Ducker was the association’s first chairman in 1997 and has overseen many initiatives since his appointment to the role of executive director five years ago. These include the Financial Forum, HBAA International Charter and HBAA’s Bribery Act 2010 Industry Guidance for Hotel Booking Agents and Venue Operators.
No replacement has been announced. The HBAA says it will now redefine the role of the executive director role and 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 and carry out some of the strategic responsibilities.
HBAA chairman Chris Peacock said: “Peter has always been a staunch supporter of the HBAA, and the profile of the association is now higher than ever, 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.
“With the support of the executive office, executive committee and management committee, this situation will not adversely affect membership to the association. 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.”
Concerning his new role, Ducker said: "I have been a member of the Institute of Hospitality throughout my career and I strongly believe in the importance of good education and continuous professional development to attract and retain the quality of management that the hospitality industry requires today. I am honoured to succeed Philippe as its chief executive and look forward to steering the Institute through a new chapter in its history.”
Pictured: Peter Ducker