1. BOARD MEETINGS FOR 2013-2014
The AHRA Board met three times for the period 2013-2014 as follows::
|Board Meeting||20 April 2013||Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Board Meeting||16 December 2013||Puteri Pacific Hotel, Johor Bahru, Malaysia|
|Board Meeting||19 January 2014||Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), Sarawak, Malaysia|
2. ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS
2.1 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. In general for 2013, all AHRA members reported that their tourism industry in their respective countries have fared well.
The AHRA/ASEANTA meetings hosted by the Wakayama Prefecture Government were held on 29 July 2013 at Hotel Seamore, Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. No quorum was present for the AHRA board meeting.
The AHRA/ASEANTA board members also met with the Governor and council members of Wakayama Prefecture and some representatives in the tourism industry at a gala dinner.
2.3 AHRA Bartenders’ Championship
The AHRA Bartenders’ Championship 2013 took place in Kuala Lumpur on 19 September 2013. It was held in conjunction with the Food Hotel Malaysia (FHM), Culinaire Malaysia and the AHRA Conference 2013. The competition was organized by the Malaysian Association of Hotels on behalf of AHRA.
A total of 5 participants from the following countries participated in the competition:
- Malaysia 2
- Singapore 1
- Thailand 2
The final results of the competition were as follows:
- Winner: Mr Shamin Bhuyan, Malaysia
- 1st Runner-up: Mr Mohd Affendy Ladius, Malaysia
- 2nd Runner-up: Mr Akmal Shamil Lim, Singapore
2.4 AHRA Conference
The AHRA Conference 2013 was held in Kuala Lumpur on 19 September 2013.
The keynote address was delivered by Y Bhg Datuk Mohd Ilyas Zainol Abidin, President of Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH). All participants of the Conference were also given complimentary entry to Food Hotel Malaysia and Culinaire Malaysia 2013 which was held at the same venue.
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 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia on 19 January 2014. Members found the briefing very informative.
3.2 AHRA’s ASEAN Annual Hotel Industry Survey of Operations 2014 for Financial Year 2013
AHRA in collaboration with Horwath International produced the fourth report on hotel operations in some key cities located in AHRA member countries, namely, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila/Cebu and Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi. The report was shared with all AHRA members.
At the meeting in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, Mr Robert Hecker also shared key findings of the report with AHRA members.