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History has been made at the Accommodation Association, with IHG Hotels and Resorts SVP and Managing Director Australasia, Japan and Pacific, Leanne Harwood, elected as the Association’s first female President.

Wyndham Destinations has appointed two new leaders to take charge in General Manager roles at Club Wyndham properties in North Queensland and New Zealand. At Club Wyndham Airlie Beach, the company has named David Smith as General Manager. In New Zealand, the company has welcomed Mary-Jane Moffat as Resort Manager at Club Wyndham Wanaka.

Stephanie Tkacz has a new job as a property manager with Woolworths Group. She was previously with Flight Centre Travel Group.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) announces the appointment of Simon Dodd to the role of head of aviation development, reporting to Jim Parashos, executive general manager aviation. Dodd will join the team later in October 2021 when he relocates from Sydney. Dodd is currently the vice president loyalty partnerships for Accor, with a focus on building new partnerships across the Asia Pacific region.

Popular industry executive Richard Munro has returned as the CEO of the Accommodation Association of Australia (AA) as the organisation closes in on its merger with Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA).

Compass Group Defence Hospitality Services Pty Ltd will answer a s.372 (application to deal with other contravention disputes) before Deputy President Dean (by telephone) in Canberra (Zelenka).

JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group has appointed Mark Walsh to the its Queensland team, in the role of vice-president of its Brisbane office. An industry veteran, Mr Walsh has had senior roles with Spirit Hotels (now known as AVC), where he spent three years as state manager, responsible for a portfolio of 40 hotels across Queensland.

Experienced hotelier Michael Foster has returned to the Gold Coast to guide the pre-opening of a $400m hotel on the tourist strip. As general manager of the 53-storey Dorsett Gold Coast — currently being developed within The Star Gold Coast entertainment precinct — he will guide the opening of the hotel which is scheduled before Christmas. Mr Foster brings over 15 years of premium hotel management and business development experience to the Hong Kong based hotel enterprise, Dorsett Hospitality International. This will be Mr Foster’s second hotel opening and launch of a global brand into Australia – he most recently completed the successful opening of the Holiday Inn Express Brisbane. Foster said he was looking forward to navigating the new challenges around the opening of the hotel/apartment tower. “I am excited to be bringing a great global brand to Australia,” he said. “The Gold Coast has been without much new stock in recent years and Dorsett Gold Coast will certainly make an excellent addition to the city’s skyline.