The HHA, under the previous names, was formed more than twenty years ago, when the self catering associations from a number of England ‘s major seaside resorts joined forces to lobby the government on a number of issues that were current at that time. The original name was The British Self Catering Federation (BSCF), but this was changed to English Association of Self Catering Operators when Wales and Scotland gained their own tourist boards and went their separate ways. Issues of UK-wide significance are dealt with through FoNSCA, the Federation of National Self Catering Associations, which represents the common interests of our colleagues in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The HHA participates in this organisation and currently provides its Vice-Chair.
On 7th March 2018 an amendment to the Constitution was approved at the Annual General Meeting, changing the name of the Association to The Holiday Home Association.
The Aims of The HHA
- To represent those with self catering interests on all matters affecting their business through liaison with government and tourism bodies.
- To keep members informed of relevant matters and to encourage the exchange of information and views between members
- To gain recognition of the self catering sector’s important role in the hospitality industry.
- To promote and uphold high standards.
- To promote the use of self catering accommodation by the holidaying public.
The HHA has a diverse membership comprising:
- Owners of self catering holiday accommodation of all types who operate their businesses independently but want the support of a wider organisation. The properties concerned can be individual or multiple units, town houses and apartments, country cottages and castles, or seaside houses.
- Associations of various sorts but generally representing owners of self catering properties is a particular geographic area such as Cumbria or a location such as a particular resort or of a particular type.
- Agencies that let self-catering accommodation on behalf of the property owners including agencies that offer management services as well as booking services.
- Consortia of letting agencies who operate and a cooperate in a specific geographic area or more widely such as Cottage Line.
The wide variety of members gives the gives the Association its strength. If you are in the self-catering business, join us today. On these pages you will find all the information that you need.