Christopher Davy has been elected chairman of the British Hospitality Association's (BHA) national executive.
Previously vice-chairman, Davy succeeds Dudley Osborn, proprietor of the Weston Manor Hotel, Weston-on-the-Green, Oxfordshire.
Davy, who is proprietor of the Rose and Crown Hotel, Romaldkirk, County Durham, has been a member of the national executive for six years and was chairman of the BHA's northern committee for two years.
In addition to his own business interests, Davy led the team that set up the Tourism Partnership for County Durham and was its first chair. He was also vice-chair of the county's Economic Partnership.
He said: "This year will be challenging for many businesses and government needs to appreciate that many of the measures it is introducing are damaging the industry rather than helping it create new jobs.
"The BHA will be impressing on ministers and officials more and more the role that tourism and hospitality can play in growing the economy out of the recession."
The newly-elected vice-chairman is Christopher Rawstron, vice-president, operations, UK and Ireland, InterContinental Hotels Group.
By James Stagg
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