Dean Long has been appointed as the new chief executive of Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA), replacing outgoing chief Richard Munro.
Taking over on June 19, Long is currently in acquisitions management with American Express, and was a former head of public policy and strategic partnerships for the Australian Federation of Travel Agents with experience of working in NSW government senior roles.
AAoA president Julian Clark said it was a rigorous recruitment process which attracted a very large volume of quality candidates.
“Dean has a proven track record of leading high-performing organisations and has effectively influenced government policy and legislation throughout his career, and this significantly enhances the organisations capability in this area to continue the positive trajectory the AAoA is on,” he said.
Long said he was “excited and humbled” by the appointment, and was committed to ensuring the organisation continues its “leadership position in the accommodation and broader tourism industry”.
“The AAoA is the leading organisation for accommodation operators and I look forward to advocating important issues such as banning rate parity and finding the balance for compliant operators across Australia,” he said.