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June 30, 2020 Business News No Comments Email Email

Australia’s accommodation sector leaders have flagged the critical importance of Corporate Travel for recovery in a high level summit with the Federal Government’s National COVID-19 Co-ordination Commission.The warning to Government – please don’t make the mistake of believing that resumption of Leisure Travel will come anywhere close to generating the bookings needed for the sector to navigate the months ahead without tailored Government support.

Seven of Australia’s most influential sector leaders were involved in the meeting with Commission Head Nev Power:

  • Matt Bekier, MD and CEO, The Star Entertainment Group
  • Julian Clark, CEO of The Lancemore Group
  • Leanne Harwood, MD for Australasia and Japan, IHG
  • Dean Long, CEO, Accommodation Association
  • Simon McGrath, COO, AccorHotels Pacific
  • Barry Robinson, President and MD International Operations, Wyndham
  • Chris Sedgwick, COO, TFE

The meeting was co-ordinated by the industry’s peak body The Accommodation Association. The Accommodation Association represents close to 3,500 hotels, over 150,000 rooms and nearly 100,000 employees across Australia. Members of the Accommodation Association include major hotels, resorts, motels, motor inns, serviced and holiday apartments, bed and breakfasts and guesthouses that directly contribute $17 billion to the Australian economy.

Quotes attributable to Dean Long, CEO, Accommodation Australia: 
“Our message was overwhelmingly clear. While it’s great to see Leisure Travel starting to pick up again, even at peak levels, it’s simply not enough to sustain Australia’s hotels, motels and accommodation sector. Corporate bookings represent at least 50% and sometimes significantly more for our members and the hard, cold reality is that until that resumes, it’s a real struggle.”

“Hotels, motels, caravan parks and accommodation are obviously integral to Australia’s tourism sector. For tourism to happen, our doors need to be open and for that to happen especially in these early stages, Government needs to provide tailored sector support.”

“It was a very constructive meeting with Nev Power who is co-ordinating the Federal Government’s response and Australia’s accommodation providers look forward to continuing to work closely with Government and the Commission on the recovery plan.”

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