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2019 Media Releases

June 2019 

03 June 2019 - The year of growth for the Accommodation Association of Australia 

Heidi Kunkel, Vice President of Operations, Australasia at Hilton has elected to join the National Board of the Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA).

May 2019 

30 May 2019 - Further Expansion of Leadership for the AAoA

Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA) has appointed industry leader Ms Carol Giuseppi to
the newly formed role of General Manager of National Operations/NSW.

22 May 2019 - New Leadership for the AAoA

AAoA President Julian Clark, today announced the appointment of the new Chief Executive Officer, Mr Dean Long to replace the outgoing CEO Mr Richard Munro

April 2019 

10 April 2019 - Accommodation Association Strengthens its Leadership

The Accommodation Association of Australia has announced a bolstering of its leadership ranks with the addition of Ms Leanne Harwood, Managing Director, Australasia & Japan InterContinental Hotels Group.

08 April 2019 - AAoA officially launches the National Advisory Board for Employment 

The NABE was officially launched at a prestigious event on the 4th of April at the renowned Sofitel On Collins, Melbourne. The launch was hosted by the AAoA CEO Richard Munro and AAoA President Julian Clark, with speakers including Lord Mayor Sally Capp, Louise Staley MP and David Mansfield 


Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA) Chief Executive Officer, Richard Munro has tendered his resignation to pursue new opportunities , after eight years at the AAoA.

03 April 2019 - Tax cuts will deliver wage growth and create consumer demand for domestic tourism

Following on from yesterdays release of the 2019 Federal Budget, we welcome the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg MP budget statements on delivering both tax cuts and lifting the tax thresholds, ensuring more Australians have additional discretionary funds to spend.


March 2019

12 March 2019 - Labor to Ban Price Parity Clauses Between Online Travel Agencies and Accommodation Providers

Today's announcement by the Australian Labor Party is a breakthrough for our industry and consumers and is welcome news to the Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA) who have been lobbying for this outcome for years.

2018 Media Releases


November 2018

30 November 2018 - Andrews Government Must Continue to Support Local Accommodation Industry

The accommodation industry congratulates the Victorian Labor Party on their re-election to the Victorian Government under the leadership of the Honourable Daniel Andrews MP. 

20 November 2018 - Launch of the NSW State Advisory Board

The Accommodation Association of Australia has continued to boost its local advocacy with the launch of the New South Wales State Advisory Board, which was launched by the Hon. Adam Marshall MP, NSW MInister for Tourism and Major Events. 


October 2018

3 October 2018 - Hollow Spin on Airbnb Should Be Disregarded
Opening statement delivered by the Chief Executive Officer of the Accommodation Association at the public hearing in Launceston as part of the Legislative Council Select Committ inquiry into short-stay accommodation in Tasmania.


August 2018
27 August 2018 - Accommodation Industry Welcomes New Ministry
The accommodation industry welcomes the new Morrison Ministry, in particular the new Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, and the new Treasurer, Hon Josh Frydenberg MP.

23 August 2018 - Unethical, Unlawful Behaviour Must Not Be Tolerated
If allegations are proven that online travel aggregator Trivago has been duping consumers on accommodation room-rates, it is a disgrace and Trivago should face significant sanctions, according to the Accommodation Association of Australia.


June 2018

20 June 2018 - Less Payroll Tax = More Accommodation Industry Jobs
Employment in the accommodation industry will be stimulated by the NSW Government moving to lift the payroll tax threshold from $750,000 to $1 million by 2021/22.

6 June 2018 - Cosy Deal with Airbnb Thumbs Its Nose at Regional NSW
A cosy deal between Airbnb and the NSW Government for weak regulation of short-term letting will cost jobs in regional areas and compromise consumer safety, according to the accommodation industry.

4 June 2018 - Fresh Appeal for Crackdown on Airbnb in NSW
The accommodation industry is making a fresh appeal for the NSW Government to impose tighter restrictions on Airbnb in the interests of consumer safety and promoting local jobs. 


May 2018

9 May 2018 - Online Travel Agencies Crackdown Deserves National Support
The Federal Budget taxation cutdown on online travel agencies should be supported by all states and territories, so it can be a reality, according to the Accommodation Association of Australia. 


April 2018

16 April 2018 - More Business Events = More Jobs
More jobs will be created in Victoria’s accommodation industry if a new, enhanced four-year funding agreement for Visit Victoria and the Melbourne Convention Bureau is put in place.

12 April 2018 - Melbourne Airport Rail Link A Game-Changer for Tourism
The accommodation industry is strongly supportive of a fresh Federal Government proposal to build a rail link to Mebourne Airport from the central business district (CBD) of Melbourne.

6 April 2018 - ACCC Should Broaden Its Approach on Pricing Parity
It appears that Australia’s competition regulator is applying different standards to different industries, according to the Accommodation Association of Australia.


March 2018

29 March 2018 - The Star Entertainment Group Joins Accommodation Association
The Star Entertainment Group has further highlighted its commitment to tourism by taking membership with the Accommodation Association for its collection of hotels in Sydney and Queensland.  

16 March 2018 - Stronger Accommodation Industry Advocacy in QLD
Stronger local advocacy through the launch of a Queensland State Advisory Board confirms the Accommodation Association of Australia is the leading organisation for advocacy on issues which directly impact on the accommodation industry in the Sunshine State.


February 2018

23 February 2018 - Tackling Online Giants Must Be A Priority
The accommodation industry is calling on the competition regulator to prioritise addressing the Expedia-Priceline online travel agency duopoly which is crippling hotels, motels and operators of other accommodation businesses across Australia.

14 February 2018 - Parliamentary Committee Hears About Damaging Impact of Online Giants
Opening statement by AAoA CEO, Richard Munro, to the House of Representatives Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources Committee as part of its inquiry into impacts on local businesses from global internet-based competition. 

13 February 2018 - Cycle Tourism Initiative to Benefit Accommodation Operators
Operators of accommodation businesses – notably in regional areas – would receive much-needed benefits from a proposed “Great Southern Ocean Bike Trail”.

6 February 2018 - Damaging Impact of Online Travel Agencies
Giant global online travel agencies are having a corrosive impact on Australia's accommodation businesses, according to results of a new industry survey. 

2017 Media Releases
13 December 2017 - Accommodation Industry Welcomes Economic Focus on Tourism
The accommodation industry welcomes the increased profile of the tourism portfolio in the new Queensland Government Ministry and congratulates the Hon Kate Jones MP on her success at the election and her promotion.

5 December 2017 - Upgrading Stadia WIll Attract Events, Create Jobs
Jobs will be created in tourism - including the accommodation industry - through increased investment in major sporting arenas in Sydney. 

28 November 2017 - Strong, Stable Leadership for the Accommodation Industry
Stability and strength have been the major themes at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Accommodation Association of Australia. 

21 November 2017 Launch of Victorian State Advisory Board
Accommodation industry advocacy has received a major boost, with the Accommodation Association of Australia establishing a Victorian State Advisory Board which was formally launched by the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Hon John Eren MP.

9 November 2017 - Quasi Hotels Must Be Banned
Quasi-Hotels should be banned under reforms to the regulation of short-term holiday letting in NSW. 

October 2017
9 October 2017 - Consumers, Jobs at Risk Due to Lack of Regulation
The accommodation industry is supporting calls for the South Australian Government to properly regulate sharing economy providers, including Airbnb. 

September 2017
6 September 2017 - New Chair of Tourism Australia
Media Statement from the Chief Executive Officer of the Accommodation Association of Australia

August 2017
3 August 2017 - Growth Predictions Promote Business Confidence
Australia's accommodation industry is encouraged by new figures which are forecasting strong growth for tourism in the next decade. 

July 2017
21 July 2017 - Safety and Jobs Must Be Top Priorities
Changes to the way that tourism accommodation is regulated must have consumer safety and job creation as top priorities, according to the Accommodation Association of Australia.

13 July 2017 - Tourism Infrastructure Boost in Tasmania
Tourism accommodation infrastructure in Tasmania is set to benefit from the Tasmanian Government's new refurbishment loan scheme.

12 July 2017 - Uneven Playing Field in Regional Australia
Sharing economy platforms, such as Airbnb, are exploiting regulatory loopholes to take business away from compliant operators of tourism accommodation businesses in regional Australia.

June 2017
22 June 2017 - Growth Can't Be Taken for Granted
Record tourism spending by visitors is welcome and sends another strong signal to economic policy makes about the importance of the industry to the Australian economy.

8 June 2017 - Continued Growth Leads to Further Investment
Growth in the number of international visitors travelling to regional Australia is welcome, according to the accommodation industry

May 2017
10 May 2017 - Accommodation Industry to Benefit from Infrastructure Funding
The accommodation industry is set to benefit from the Federal Budget's significant investment in infrastructure.

March 2017
15 March 2017 - Investment In Marketing Creates Accommodation Industry Jobs
The accommodation industry is set to benefit from the tourism marketing initiative which has seen many London taxis transformed into mini, moving billboards promoting Australia and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

8 March 2017 - Positive Funding Initiative For Regional NSW
Dispersal of visitors to regions will be enhanced by the NSW Government’s new “Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund”, according to the accommodation industry.

3 March 2017 - Mantra Group Strengthens Accommodation Industry Advocacy
Accommodation industry advocacy will be enhanced by Mantra Group properties becoming members of the Accommodation Association of Australia. 

February 2017
23 February 2017 - Penalty Rates Ruling Will Create Jobs
Today's penalty rates ruling represents a sensible outcome and will have numerous benefits, according to the accommodation industry.

13 February 2017 - Regions Lagging Behind Capital Cities in Tourism
Further evidence of the tourism industry being a growth sector now and in the future has been released.