Leanne Harwood was elected President of the Accommodation Association, becoming the first woman to hold this position in the organization’s 54-year history. Ms. Harwood is SVP General Manager of IHG Hotels & Resorts for Japan, Australasia and the Pacific.
Ms. Harwood has over 25 years of hospitality industry experience, including 16 years working worldwide with IHG. She was a member of the National Accommodation Association Board for two years and was a member of the Tourism Accommodation Australia Board of Directors for two years previously. This historic appointment follows the recent election of members.
Ms Harwood took office on September 20, 2021.
New Accommodation Association President Leanne Harwood said, âI am proud to serve as President at this time of momentous industry challenge and change for the Accommodation Association. We are entering the key stages of the proposed merger with the Australian Hotels Association / Tourism Accommodation Association and we need to ensure that progress continues in the right direction to achieve the best results for our members. We are also leading an ongoing fight for increased government support to our industry to get us through the impact of COVID and we need to ensure that we continue to build the profile of our incredible industry, as well as the skills of our staff and of the manpower required. moving forward.”
âI am very proud to be the first woman president of the Association. Diversity, equity and inclusion have been one of the most profound changes in the hospitality world since I started over 25 years ago. In fact, when I started, I was told that I would not be successful in operational leadership because I would probably be leaving to have children. I have worked hard to drive change from within and have chosen to take on increasingly higher leadership roles. In doing so, I hope I played a role in making the job of future women leaders easier.
âOn behalf of the Board and our members, I would like to acknowledge the important contribution of Julian Clark during his tenure as President. He can and should be extremely proud of his impact in advancing the evolution of our association and the awareness of the importance and needs of the Australian accommodation industry.
âThe Board and I will work closely with Interim CEO Richard Munro to ensure that the needs of our members continue to be met and that awareness of the critical need for support for Australian accommodation providers continues. to accelerate.