HBAA, the trade association for the meetings, events and accommodation industry, has introduced its new identity - beam.
Beam represents the business events, accommodation, and meetings sector. The new name is designed to begin a new chapter for the association based on the solid foundations of the last 24 years. Underpinned by the association’s four pillars - resilience, innovation, ethics and quality - it aims to ensure that the association remains relevant and sustainable for the future.
A spokesperson said: "The board has, through member and peer engagement, for some time recognised the need for change and the need to have an identity that truly represents the span of membership today and tomorrow, as well as continuing to be at the forefront of the industry in future. The new identity and plans for extensive changes are the result of extensive research."
To fulfil beam’s mission, the association will be launching three new board positions: industry relations director, next generation director, and content delivery director. The industry relations director will serve as a primary face of the association to attract and retain members and garner support for events, and special initiatives.
The next generation director will serve as a primary face of the association to attract, retain and recruit next-gen talent as the emerging faces of the industry and future leaders, and will provide a new outlook on industry matters and the direction of the association, from different angles.
The content delivery director will serve as a primary role to ensure that the association curates authoritative, knowledgeable and forward-thinking content across all channels.
Beckie Towle, HBAA marketing director and founder of Events Raccoon said: “Beam will shine a light on our industry and on its members. It will be outward facing into the industry and to government, collaborating and striving for a united voice.
“Beam will continue to champion change and lead the debate on key issues that will impact our industry, with macro environmental issues at the forefront, with clear collaboration pathways across the sector, while creating the industry leaders of tomorrow."
Angie Mason, founding member of HBAA added: “As a founder member of HBAA, and having enjoyed the opportunity to contribute to its long-term development, I am delighted that the association continues to go from strength to strength with the transformation to beam.
“All good things evolve to become their best and this is a perfect example. Our industry thrives on best practise, learning and networking and these are the areas in which beam will lead. It will continue to be the voice of its members on a wider stage and lead the way for the continuing transformation of the business events, accommodation and meetings sector into the future.”
Over the coming months beam will unveil further details of the strategy and vision.
Sian Sayward, HBAA governance director and director of commercial partnerships and projects at Inntel, said: “Today is just the start of many changes, the start of the journey of transformation as we continue our work to widen the membership, to deliver the benefits of membership to our members’ businesses and make our voice louder.
“Beam is the new shining light of the industry”.
M&IT editor Paul Harvey is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience. He began his career in the local press, working for various titles across the north. Since joining M&IT in 2013, he has become a trusted and respected voice in the sector, championing event professionals and reporting on all aspects of the events industry for the brand.