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Scotland is the first of a number of new markets for Inntel and the appointment of Seoras Lyons as National Account Manager is the first move in a full rollout of services in the region.  Seoras is based in Scotland and brings over 20 years’ experience in the financial sector which will enhance Inntel’s strategic direction in the area.

Seoras’ role will be to strengthen relationships with strategically important existing Inntel clients and support with new business growth.

Louise Goalen, the new Chair of the HBAA outlined a clear strategy to keep the Association ‘Moving Forward’ in her opening address when she took office at a packed AGM and Kick- Off meeting at the Hilton London Bankside.

ALDERLEY PARK Conference Centre has joined the Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) – the prestigious trade association for the hotel booking agency, apartment and venue industry.

The organisation was originally formed in formed in 1997 with the aim of improving standards in the hotel venue industry, by addressing common issues and sharing best practice between members. It has since evolved to promoting professional development, nurturing innovation and acting as a lobby group for the sector.

The Brexit-inspired skills shortage is a "big worry" for the UK's hotel and hospitality industry, with as many as 70 per cent of the workforce made up of non-Britons, the HBAA says.

The industry association has promised to start lobbying the government ahead of its Brexit negotiations to help it realise the true impact if free movement of people was to cease.

Speaking at the HBAA kick-off at Hilton London Bankside on Friday, new chair Louise Goalen said while the outlook for 2017 was positive, the workforce issue was a key challenge for the industry.

Applications for The Meetings Show hosted buyer programme are now open. The show will take place from 13-15 June at Olympia London and is now in its fifth edition. Buyers wishing to be part of the programme should visit the website ( to check qualification criteria before completing their application.

Sodexo, the world’s largest services company, has unveiled a new structure for its UK sales team within the Sports & Leisure Division.  The enhanced team of sales experts has been designed to create a high-performance sales culture.

The restructure aims to align the teams across Conference & Banqueting and Corporate Hospitality, bringing together these two complementary areas to generate a greater synergy and create a platform to deliver accelerated sales performance and efficiencies across the business.

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