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July 18, 2014 Association No Comments Email Email
The Accommodation Association of Australia urges consumers to choose their accommodation provider carefully in the wake of a hostel fire in Sydney’s west.

“It’s extremely fortunate that this fire hasn’t ended in tragedy,” said the Association’s Chief Executive, Richard Munro.

“There is a growing issue with unsafe and illegal accommodation, with hazardous events appearing to occur more and more frequently. It shows that there just isn’t enough oversight on compliance and safety standards, which allows rogue, often illegal providers to take advantage of people.

“Safety is one of our members’ biggest priorities and the vast majority of accommodation providers are doing the right thing by their guests on the compliance and safety front,” he said.

“This latest incident can be added to the growing body of evidence that something must be done so consumers have guaranteed safety and are able to make properly informed choices when selecting accommodation.

“We’ve formed a working group of members and our industry peers to provide advice on the 2015 Australian building code review. Our aim is to ensure that illegal, non-compliant and unsafe accommodation is eliminated from the market.

“I once again implore all levels of government to work with industry on this initiative – particularly those who follow the rules and provide safe, comfortable environments for their guests – to uphold the reputation of Australia’s accommodation and tourism sectors.

“Tourism is one of the driving forces behind Australia’s economy and the integrity of accommodation providers underpins continued growth in this area.”

The Accommodation Association of Australia recommends that consumers report any safety or compliance concerns with their accommodation to relevant authorities or the Association itself.

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