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A step in the right direction for a modern day hospitality industry

The Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) decision to reform Sunday and Public Holiday penalty rates is a first step  towards a modern hospitality industry, the Australian Hotels Association said. AHA and Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) led the submissions to the FWC on behalf of the hotel sector – TAA is chaired by the Hon Martin Ferguson AM, a former ACTU President and Federal Tourism Minister. Mr Ferguson said the FWC decision should be respected. “From the industry point of view we haven’t got everything we want. That is the nature of the Fair Work Commission.” “We respect their decision and we
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TAA and AHA welcome reduction in ‘backpacker tax’ and charges

27 September 2016 Australia’s peak accommodation body, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) and the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) welcomed today’s decision by the Federal Government to reduce the tax on Working Holiday Makers (WHM) from 32.5c to 19c along with a $10 million promotional fund aimed at revitalising the sector, but said the imposition of a $5 increase in the Passenger Movement Charge (PMC) was counter-productive. Under the original proposal, which was scheduled to come into force from 1 July 2016, working holiday makers would have been treated as non-residents and taxed at 32.5% from the first dollar they earned. They
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Johnnie Walker Hall of Fame – Gordon Broderick

The National AHA Awards provides an opportunity for the National Executive, the Board and in fact the entire AHA family to recognise and honour one amongst us who has provided exceptional service to their community, the AHA and/or the Australian licensed hospitality industry. The past awardees of the AHA/Diageo Johnny Walker Hall of Fame have included the leaders, heroes and champions of our great industry. Men, women and families who, whilst pursuing their own commercial objectives, have significantly contributed to the advancement of our industry and our Association. Such is the increasingly complex, demanding and somewhat controversial environment that the
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National Visitor Survey and Backpacker Tax

Government’s review of ‘backpacker tax’ welcomed to maintain tourism growth momentum – Tourism Accommodation Australia Australia’s peak accommodation body, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), has welcomed the announcement this morning by the Minister for Tourism, Senator Richard Colbeck, that the Government would review its plans regarding the ‘backpacker tax’. Under the original proposal, the Government planned to scrap the tax‐free threshold for visitors on working holiday visas, meaning backpackers and other working holidaymakers would pay 32.5 cents tax on every dollar they earned. TAA has made strong representations to Government that the measure would significantly affect hotels in regional and remote areas and their ability to attract
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NSW Inquiry into Short term Accommodation Joint Press Release

Accommodation industry responds to NSW inquiry into short-term letting time to level playing field for commercial short-term accommodation Australia’s accommodation sector has called on the NSW Government to level the playing field for all accommodation including commercial property owners using on-line distribution channels to rent houses and units for short-term letting. In response to the rapid rise in the unregulated short-term accommodation sector, accommodation providers are advocating for the NSW Government committee to recommend: Increasing transparency of supply in the sector by implementing a register for all short-term accommodation providers, and advocating for the Federal Government to implement permanent research tools to better understand the extent
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Australian hotels embrace connectivity

Australian hotels embrace connectivity, with 96% of hotels offering ‘free’ Wi-Fi An industry wide survey of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels and serviced apartments by Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) has revealed that 96% of Australian hotels surveyed* offer some level of free Wi-Fi to guests. Tourism Accommodation Australia represents the interests of hotels, motels and serviced apartment accommodation operators across Australia, including city, regional and remote areas. Responses from the survey revealed that: 99 per cent of hotels currently offer Wi-Fi as a service to guests. The majority of hotels (65 per cent) do not charge for some level of free Wi-Fi
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Extension of Vivid Sydney Festival

Extension of Vivid Sydney highlights the power of events‐based tourism – TAA The decision by the NSW Government to extend Vivid Sydney by an additional five nights reflects the power of events‐related tourism, says Australia’s peak accommodation body, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA). Vivid will now run from Friday, 27 May to Saturday, 18 June. From humble beginnings, Vivid has grown to become Australia’s largest festival of its kind, attracting 1.7 million people in 2015, including 117,000 domestic and interstate overnight visitors. The Festival – which incorporates lights, music and other entertainment – has been particularly successful in attracting high‐yield conference and incentive groups to
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Tourism industry’s potential recognised with appointment of Steve Ciobo

Tourism industry’s potential recognised with appointment of Steve Ciobo to replace Andrew Robb – TAA Australia’s peak accommodation body, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), praised the Federal Government’s choice of Steve Ciobo to replace retiring Trade Minister, Andrew Robb. Mr Ciobo was elevated to the Trade & Investment Ministry from his current role as Minister for International Development and the Pacific. Prior to that, he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment. Mr Robb will continue his involvement in the trade portfolio till the election as ‘Special Envoy for Trade’. TAA CEO, Carol Giuseppi, said that Mr Ciobo had shown throughout his
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Industrial relations needs to be addressed to continue growing Chinese market

Service standards need to be at the fore if Australian tourism is to keep the Chinese market in the ‘magic millions’ club – Martin Ferguson, TAA Growing the Chinese inbound market to over one million visitors is a triumph for Australian tourism, says Tourism Accommodation Chair (TAA) Chair, Martin Ferguson, but the industry will need to be able to access higher-levels of skilled workers if Australia is to continue growing the market. In figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), China increased its visitor numbers to Australia by 21.6% (177,900) to 1,001,200 in the year ending November 2015. Mr Ferguson, a former
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TAA responds to NSW Collaborative Economy Position Paper

‘Collaborative’ economy must be more about ‘contributing’ to the economy, rather thanjust ‘taking’ – TAA responds to NSW Collaborative Economy Position Paper Australia’s peak accommodation body, Tourism Accommodation Australia, welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment to addressing the issues caused by the expansion of new so‐called ‘collaborative’ economy, but called for urgent regulation of commercial short‐term accommodation operators. The dramatic growth of unregulated short‐term accommodation, fuelled by internet booking sites such as Airbnb, had seen the original concept of “room sharing” morph into a channel allowing commercial operators to rent out multiple properties without meeting many of the safety, insurance, taxation, body corporate, strata, council and
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