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AHA WELCOMES NEW HEAD OF TABCORP’S WAGERING AND MEDIA BUSINESS

The Australian Hotels Association National Executive has congratulated Adam Rytenskild on his appointment as the new head of Tabcorp’s wagering and media business.   “The Association welcomes Adam Rytenskild’s appointment and looks forward to working closely with him on continuing to enhance the services our members provide their customers,” AHA National President Scott Leach said today.   “He is well known to many in our industry as a talented executive who has the interests of hotels at heart in delivering outcomes which work for venues and for Tabcorp.   “We are pleased he is taking over the helm of the
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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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The alcohol-domestic violence myth

Putting more liquor outlets in a municipality does not, in fact, lead to a higher incidence of domestic violence. The City of Casey in outer suburban Melbourne is concerned because, despite having high levels of domestic violence, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has approved construction of a Dan Murphy’s packaged liquor outlet in the municipality. According toThe Age the proposal to establish the bottle shop in a “family violence hot spot” has sparked calls for an overhaul of liquor licensing approvals. The newspaper says the City of Casey experienced the highest number of family violence incidents of
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Time for unions to stop politicking and let FWC reform 1950s hospitality work conditions for benefit of workers and business

It’s time for the unions to stop politicking and allow the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to do its job in reforming the Hospitality Industry (General) Award for the benefit of workers and business. The FWC has concluded hearings into the review of the Hospitality award and is scheduled to make a decision in the middle of the year, but already the unions are indicating that they will not accept the umpire’s decision if the Commission agrees to reform penalty rates and working conditions, which were established in the 1950s and are no longer relevant to today’s work environment. Specifically, the
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Notices

Notice to Members May 2017 Members are asked to note that as required by the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (Cth) the Australian Electoral Commission has given the Association a Report about the last NAD Elections, and in which it suggests the Association amend Rules 16 and 42 to allow electronic lodgement of nominations by candidates. That recommendation is accepted by the Association and amendments will be made later this year. The AEC’s Report and the Association’s response are available to members on request. Post Election Report National Accommodation Hotels Division National Board Letter to AEC PER Response re
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Australian Hotels Association 2015 National Awards for Excellence

The elite of Australia’s hospitality and accommodation industry were honoured in a glittering nation-wide function held on the Gold Coast in Queensland in September 2015. Among the highlights was the induction of New South Wales hotel industry stalwart Bevan Douglas into the Johnnie Walker Hall of Fame. Mr Douglas and his family have made significant social and economic contributions to the city of Tamworth. Mr Douglas has also championed the rights of hoteliers over the past 25 years. Over 450 people, representing hotel and accommodation venues from right around the country were present at the annual awards night, held at
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Australian jobs and businesses can be boosted by cracking down on illegal offshore gambling

Media Release: Australian jobs and businesses can be boosted by cracking down on illegal offshore gambling. The Australian Hotel Association (AHA) has welcomed the Federal Government’s review of illegal offshore gambling, saying that the widespread practice was costing Australian jobs and hurting legitimate Australian businesses. The Government has estimated that there is up to $1 billion annual illegal offshore gambling, particularly targeting racing and other sports, and that, increasingly, Australian‐based organisations were attempting to avoid their legal obligations by shifting their operations offshore to unregulated international regions such as the Pacific and Asia. The review is to be led by
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Productivity Commission Report Response

Media Release: Productivity Commission’s recommendations on workplace reform a “victory for common sense” says hotel sector Australia’s peak hospitality bodies, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) and Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), have welcomed the Productivity Commission’s draft recommendations for reforming Australia’s workplace relations and creating a more flexible system to benefit both businesses and employment. The recommendations were contained in the Productivity Commission’s draft report on Australia’s Workplace Relations Framework.  On behalf of Tourism Accommodation Australia and the Accommodation Association of Australia, AHA made major submissions to the Inquiry. The report recommends more flexible working arrangements for workers in the 24/7 hospitality industry,
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