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HBAA meeting to focus on best practice on sustainability

Sustainability in hospitality and events is set to be the focus of the forthcoming HBAA members meeting at the Aubrey Park Hotel near St Albans on Friday 1 November.

Guest facilitator Briony Pete, a passionate sustainable development expert, will lead the discussions, with a specially curated wide-ranging agenda covering this important, high profile business-critical topic on which venues and buyers will share their experiences, ideas and best practice.

Angie Mason, chair of the HBAA, said: “Sustainability is the currently the most frequently raised topic in the hospitality and events industry worldwide. This packed programme will allow venues and agencies to gain exclusive insight into how to address the rising demand for environmentally friendly facilities and services across the industry and develop a culture of sustainability in business.”

After a brief overview of ISO standards in this area relevant for venues and agencies, the team from OLIO, the zero-food waste solution will explain how events, venues, caterers and corporates can use their mobile app which connects those with surplus food to those who need or wish to consume it.

Mark Spivey from Maritim Hotels will then reveal the hotel group’s comprehensive sustainability initiatives which include a dedicated consultant at each hotel, solar panels on roofs and efficient use of water before several HBAA venue members showcase their sustainability innovations and share their best practice.

Providing the buyer perspective, corporate and agency panellists will share their thoughts on what sustainability means to them and their organisation before keynote speaker Laura Try explains how sustainability has impacted and influenced her life choices, changing from shopaholic beauty shop owner to minimalist long distance rower, creating an inspiring conclusion to the day.

HBAA is the trade association for the hotel booking agency, apartment and venue community and has more than 300-member organisations including more than 80 agency and 225 venue members, who work collaboratively in the accommodation, meetings and events sector. HBAA aims to drive, promote and model good business between its members and champions best practice, ethical working and sound commercial judgement.