The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has appointed tourism industry veteran Willie Macleod as its executive director in Scotland. He’s currently a director of New Lanark Hotels and his previous experience includes executive director at tourism agency VisitScotland and a consultant on tourism issues at PricewaterhouseCoopers. The appointment is part of the group’s bid to create a further 43,000 hospitality jobs in Scotland by 2020 - the industry currently employs 222,000 people. BHA Scotland chairman Calum Ross said: “We know how important hospitality and the larger tourism industry is to Scotland, so the appointment of a BHA director here is critical. It will enable us to remove barriers to the industry’s growth and help drive the industry forward to new heights.” Macleod said: “Clearly, the hospitality industry is a critically important employer in all areas of Scotland and our members in Scotland need the Scottish Government and its agencies to understand their concerns. We need to create wide awareness of the barriers to future growth and overcome these, so that we can create these new jobs.”