The Australian Hotels Association (South Australian Branch) was established in 1871 and is an integral part of SA’s hospitality and tourism industry. The Association represents and protects the commercial interests of hoteliers throughout South Australia.
The Association consists of a qualified team of experts and provides advice on a range of topics, including legislative changes, licensing, gaming, industrial relations, insurance, responsible gambling and community liaison.
The AHA|SA enjoys one of the highest profiles of any professional body in SA and is nationally recognised for our political and industrial lobbying.
AHA|SA members range from small country pubs to five-star hotels and resorts.
The Association’s mission is to encourage, foster and promote the pursuit of excellence in service, facilities and management practices among members for the benefit of the industry and the community of SA.
There are 630 hotels in SA.
Each member hotel nominates a proxy who has the right to vote in annual Council elections.
Hotels are divided up according to regions and each region has at least one elected representative on the Council. Councillors represent 19 different regions in SA. Accommodation hotels also have a presence on the Council in the form of the Accommodation Division Chairman.
Once elected, the Council then appoints its senior office-bearers, President, Vice-President, Deputy Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer. The Council also determines which Councillors make up the Executive Council.
All elections are conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission.
The administration carries out the day-to-day operations of the Association on behalf of the Council, which meets once a month to discuss major policy issues and make key decisions on behalf of the hotel industry.
Gaming Care, the Hotels Responsible Gambling Early Intervention Agency, is a separate entity that works closely with the AHA|SA. Gaming Care is an initiative of the AHA|SA.
SA’s accommodation hotels are an important component of the AHA|SA membership base.
The interests of member accommodation hotels are represented on the AHA|SA Council by the Accommodation Division Chairman.
The AHA|SA conducts meetings of its Accommodation Division on a quarterly basis. This ensures that the AHA |SA can adequately cater for the issues that are specific to accommodation properties.
Accommodation hotels also play an important role in the hotel industry promoting tourism in SA.