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December 14, 2008

Major hotel booking agent adds further weight to HBAA membership

Expotel is the latest in a series of high-profile hotel booking agents to join the HBAA, strengthening the associations case for being the leading voice for the hotel and conference booking market.
Expotel’s arrival gives the HBAA a record number of 75 member agents, while partner members, comprising chain and independent hotels, venues and training establishments) now exceeds 200 across the UK and Europe.

From an events business perspective, the HBAA’s buying power for meetings, conferences and accommodation is now more than £1.4 billion a year, making the association one of the largest representative bodies in the business travel sector.
We are delighted that Expotel has joined as it confirms our leading status,” said HBAA chair Sue Burgess. “Collectively we will continue to develop policies and drive to attract the best people to work in this exciting area of the travel industry.”
 Commenting on joining the HBAA, the chief executive of Expotel, Ian Burnley, said: “I believe it is important that we participate in the organisation that drives standards and promotes change in our sector.”

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