The HBAA has launched a Technology, Innovation and Sustainability (TIS) committee, to champion sustainability within the association’s agent and venue members.

The committee – chaired by Leigh Cowlishaw, Director of Partnerships at Capita Travel and Events – was officially launched at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, where they discussed their plans for the future. TIS replaces the previous Technology, Innovation and Environment Committee (TIE).

Focuses for the TIS committee in 2015/2016 include:

-    Being a Technology voice to the market and providing a portal for Corporate buyers and Association members, via the HBAA website

-     Showcasing new technology innovation as a market platform to the industry

-     Providing sustainability guidelines, trackers and checklists to enable us deliver activities whilst considering other global impacts and reducing activities which will negatively impact

The committee aims to strengthen awareness of sustainability and encourage a greater focus as well as cultivate a more automatically sustainable culture within the industry. The focus of technology and innovation will also support the communication and delivery of the committee’s sustainable commitments.

Leigh Cowlishaw, Vice Chair of the HBAA, Director of Supplier Partnerships at Capita Travel and Events and Chair of the TIS committee, comments: “Sustainability isn’t a new thing. Venues, event organisers and agents have been championing the green agenda for years, and yet we continue to call sustainability a future development issue.

Corporate responsibility is a long term view and should be a pre-requisite in the way we work. Acting now will set businesses up to thrive in years to come and we are delighted to see it back as part of meetings and events objectives.”

Members of the HBAA are responsible for upwards of £3bn spend on accommodation, meeting and events each year and affiliation to the association is increasingly seen as a benchmark of integrity by corporate travel and events buyers.