The ASEAN Hotel & Restaurant Association (AHRA) has reappointed Eugene Yap of the Hotel & Restaurant of the Philippines (HRAP), who will continue his second term as president.
Rebuilding the industry will be a key priority for AHRA, which has revealed that its roadmap to recovery "includes industry support events with focus on tourism safety & health, sustainability, human resources and productivity.
A regional hospitality conference set for quarter three this year is also in the works, according to the umbrella body for national hotel and restaurant associations of countries in ASEAN.
“We are optimistic of a healthy recovery for the tourism and hotel industry with positive development and deployment of vaccination across the region," said Yap.
"ASEAN is an important market for not only the world but also its very own member states and this will be the key to our economic recovery for the next two years."
During the annual general meeting held virtually on 21 January, AHRA also elected new board members for the term of 2021-2023.
The other top management positions are as follows:
Vice President 1: Ben Montgomery, Thai Hotels Association (THA)
Vice President 2: Chenda Clais, Cambodia Hotel Association (CHA)
Vice President 3: Hariyadi B.S. Sukamdani, Perhimpunan Hotel dan Restoran Indonesia (PHRI)
Secretary General: Ms Margaret Heng, Singapore Hotel Association (SHA)
Honorary Treasurer: Christina Toh, Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH)
Countries sitting in AHRA include the Brunei Association of Hotels (BAH), Cambodia Hotel Association (CHA), Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association (IH&RA), Laos Hotel and Restaurant Association (LHRA), Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH), Myanmar Hotel Association (MHA), Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP), Singapore Hotel Association (SHA) and the Thai Hotel Association (THA).