Annual Report 2011-2012

1. BOARD MEETINGS FOR 2011-2012
The AHRA Board met five times for the period 2011-2012 as follows:

Meeting Date Vanue
Board Meeting 23 March 2011 Plaza Athenee, Bangkok
Board Meeting 20 June 2011 Grand Luang Prabang Hotel, Luang Prabang, Laos
Board Meeting 23 September 2011 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Board Meeting 26 October 2011 Amity Tango, Kyotango City, Japan
Board Meeting 10 January 2012 Novotel Manado, Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia

The Board Meeting on 26 October 2011 in Kyotango was the second out of region meeting (i.e. in a city outside ASEAN). The first one was in Macau in 2008.

2. ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS

2.1 AHRA Bartenders’ Competition

The AHRA Bartenders’ Competition 2011 took place in Bangkok on 16 September 2011. It was held in conjunction with the Food and Hotel Thailand (FHT) 2011. The competition was organized by the Thai Hotel Association on behalf of AHRA.

A total of 10 participants from the following countries participated in the competition:

  • Cambodia (1)
  • Laos (1)
  • Malaysia (2)
  • Myanmar (2)
  • Singapore (1)
  • Thailand (3)

The final results of the competition were as follows:

Class Name
Champion: Mr. Anan Phiwkam, Thailand
1st runner-up: Mr. Kitsana Luengpramual, Thailand
2nd Runner-up: Mr. Manuel Jr Simwan, Malaysia
Ms. Monticha Panphetch-ampornsee, Thailand

2.2 AHRA Conference

The AHRA Conference 2011 was held in Kuala Lumpur on 22 September 2011.

The keynote address was delivered by Datuk Dr Victor Wee, Chairman of Tourism Malaysia. All participants of the Conference were also given complimentary entry to Food Hotel Malaysia and Culinaire Malaysia 2011 which was held at the same venue.

2.3 Country Reports

At every meeting, each member country took turns to briefly report on the performance of the tourism and hotel industry in their country.

2.4 AHRA Website

The revamp of the AHRA website has been completed. The new web site will be launched at ATF2012. Besides providing information of AHRA and its members, the website will also allow for hotel room bookings. The url link for the website is http://www.ahra.travel.

3. Collaboration with Horwath International

3.1 Regional Briefing

Mr Robert Hecker, Managing Director of Horwath International was invited to share with AHRA members an update on the performance of hotels in the key cities in ASEAN. This took place at the meeting in Manado, Indonesia on 10 January 2012. Members found the briefing very informative.

3.2 Annual Hotel Performance Survey for AHRA

AHRA in collaboration with Horwath International produced the second report on hotel operations in some of the AHRA member countries, namely, Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore and Ho Chih Minh City/Hanoi. The report was shared with all AHRA members.

At the meeting in Manado, Mr Robert Hecker also shared key findings of the report with AHRA members. He also shared with the meeting the outlook for the hotel industry for key cities in Asia.

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