Tourism Accommodation Australia’s acting CEO, Carol Giuseppi, paid tribute to Hilton’s former vice president operations Australasia and long-serving TAA board member, Ashley Spencer, who passed away last Friday.
Ms Giuseppi said that Ashley Spencer had made a significant contribution to Hilton’s success and growth in the eight years that he was at the helm of the Australasian operation, and he was also a tireless and enthusiastic supporter of the overall industry.
“Hilton has a very special place in the Australian hotel industry because they were the first five-star international brand to establish in this country, and Ashley ensured they continued to excel and innovate,” she said. “He was a true gentleman, always prepared to contribute to the wider industry and advocate on its behalf.
“We were privileged to have him on the TAA board for a number of years, and speaking on behalf of the TAA organisation, his insight and good humour will be greatly missed. The Australian hotel industry has lost a genuine statesman.
“Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Spencer family during this difficult time.”