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2017 Press Releases
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. 

2017 Press Releases
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. 

2016 Press Releases

December 2016
19 December 2016 - Call for Fresh Action Against Online Travel Agencies
Consumers will be the losers unless the competition regulator rips up its recent agreement with global online travel agencies in the wake of the High Court ruling against Flight Centre for price-fixing. 

1 December 2016 - Securing the Best Holiday Season Deals
Booking directly with accommodation businesses or your local travel agent maximises the chances of securing the best deal.

November 2016
15 November 2016 - Online Travel Agency Duopoly Must Be Broken
The accommodation industry is calling on Australia's competition regulator to re-examine the issue of concentration in the online travel agency market. 

October 2016
19 October - Accommodation Industry Issues Safety Warning
The accommodation industry is warning the safety of domestic and international visitors could be compromised by proposed changes to the regulation of short-term letting in NSW.

September 2016
2 September - Accommodation Consumers Will Still Suffer Under "Secret" ACCC Deal
The accommodation industry has significant concerns about an agreement which has been reached between the ACCC and the two offshore-based companies who command around 80 percent of the online travel agency market in Australia. 

July 2016
25 July - Albanese Reappointment Provides Stability 
The accommodation industry welcomes the reappointment of Hon Anthony Albanese as the Shadow Cabinet Minister who is responsible for tourism. 

18 July - Thumbs Up For Tourism Taking a Higher Profile
The increased profile of the tourism portfolio in the new Turnbull ministry is an extremely positive development, according to Australia's accommodation industry. 

7 July - Strengthened advocacy for the accommodation industry
Advocacy for Australia's accommodation industry has been strengthened by the creation of a formal alliance between two major representative organisations. 

6 July - Travelling Public Should Ignore Political Uncertainty
Consumers are being urged to ignore the political uncertainty in Canberra and continue to take short holiday breaks. 

June 2016
23 June - Boost for Tourism Investment in Victoria
Confidence to invest in hotels, motels and other tourism accommodation businesses in Victoria is set to be restored following a significant legislative change. 

May 2016
25 May - AAoA Welcomes Wyndham's Barry Robinson to Board of Directors
The Accommodation Association of Australia is pleaesd to announce that Barry Robinson; Wyndham Hotel Group and Wyndham Vacation Resorts, has been appointed to the Association's Board of Directors.

17 May - Media Statement from the Chief Executive Officer of the Accommodation Association of Australia, Richard Munro, regarding taxation arrangements for non-permanent residents

9 May - Media Statement from the Chief Executive Officer of the Accommodation Association of Australia, Richard Munro, in relation to workplace relations compliance

5 May - Visitors to Benefit From Seasonal Workers Pilot
Domestic and international visitors are set to benefit from increased levels of service as a result of the commencement of the Seasonal Worker Programme Northern Australia tourism pilot, accordingly to Australia's accommodation industry.

4 May - Federal Budget to Assist Small Accommodation Business
Tax cuts for small businesses and initiatives to boost youth employment announced in the Federal Budget have received support from the accommodation industry. 

March 2016
30 March - Premier Becoming Tourism Minister Should Be Just The Start
The elevation of the tourism portfolio in the WA State Government is a welcome development, but should be followed by additional support measures for the industry. 

24 March - High Penalty Rates to Result in Reduced Services Over Easter
Visitors staying in Australian hotels, motels, serviced apartments and other forms of tourism accommodation can expect reduced services over Easter because of excessive penalty rates. 

17 March - Review of Backpackers Tax is Positive for Regional Australia
Australia's accommodation industry is supportive of the review of the proposed backpacker tax, which has been announced by the Federal Government. 

8 March - Tourism Industry Roundtable Communique
CEOs of Australia's leading visitor economy organisations met with Federal Tourism Minister Richard Colbect this morning in Canberra

2 March - Investment in Tourism Marketing Benefits Broader Economy
Two reports released today are excellent indicators that the tourism and accommodation industry have a bright future

January 2016
27 January - Perth-first for International Rugby Set to Fill Rooms Quickly
Today's annoucement that Perth will be hosting its first international rugby league match is warmly welcomed by the Accommodation and Tourism industry.

20 January - Canberra's Newest International Tourism Drawcard
Today's annoucement by Singapore Airlines of direct flights into Canberra has been applauded by the Accommodation Association of Australia as a huge bonus for the ACT and surrounding New South Wales regional accommodation and tourism businesses. 

2016 Press Releases

December 2016
19 December 2016 - Call for Fresh Action Against Online Travel Agencies
Consumers will be the losers unless the competition regulator rips up its recent agreement with global online travel agencies in the wake of the High Court ruling against Flight Centre for price-fixing. 

1 December 2016 - Securing the Best Holiday Season Deals
Booking directly with accommodation businesses or your local travel agent maximises the chances of securing the best deal.

November 2016
15 November 2016 - Online Travel Agency Duopoly Must Be Broken
The accommodation industry is calling on Australia's competition regulator to re-examine the issue of concentration in the online travel agency market. 

October 2016
19 October - Accommodation Industry Issues Safety Warning
The accommodation industry is warning the safety of domestic and international visitors could be compromised by proposed changes to the regulation of short-term letting in NSW.

September 2016
2 September - Accommodation Consumers Will Still Suffer Under "Secret" ACCC Deal
The accommodation industry has significant concerns about an agreement which has been reached between the ACCC and the two offshore-based companies who command around 80 percent of the online travel agency market in Australia. 

July 2016
25 July - Albanese Reappointment Provides Stability 
The accommodation industry welcomes the reappointment of Hon Anthony Albanese as the Shadow Cabinet Minister who is responsible for tourism. 

18 July - Thumbs Up For Tourism Taking a Higher Profile
The increased profile of the tourism portfolio in the new Turnbull ministry is an extremely positive development, according to Australia's accommodation industry. 

7 July - Strengthened advocacy for the accommodation industry
Advocacy for Australia's accommodation industry has been strengthened by the creation of a formal alliance between two major representative organisations. 

6 July - Travelling Public Should Ignore Political Uncertainty
Consumers are being urged to ignore the political uncertainty in Canberra and continue to take short holiday breaks. 

June 2016
23 June - Boost for Tourism Investment in Victoria
Confidence to invest in hotels, motels and other tourism accommodation businesses in Victoria is set to be restored following a significant legislative change. 

May 2016
25 May - AAoA Welcomes Wyndham's Barry Robinson to Board of Directors
The Accommodation Association of Australia is pleaesd to announce that Barry Robinson; Wyndham Hotel Group and Wyndham Vacation Resorts, has been appointed to the Association's Board of Directors.

17 May - Media Statement from the Chief Executive Officer of the Accommodation Association of Australia, Richard Munro, regarding taxation arrangements for non-permanent residents

9 May - Media Statement from the Chief Executive Officer of the Accommodation Association of Australia, Richard Munro, in relation to workplace relations compliance

5 May - Visitors to Benefit From Seasonal Workers Pilot
Domestic and international visitors are set to benefit from increased levels of service as a result of the commencement of the Seasonal Worker Programme Northern Australia tourism pilot, accordingly to Australia's accommodation industry.

4 May - Federal Budget to Assist Small Accommodation Business
Tax cuts for small businesses and initiatives to boost youth employment announced in the Federal Budget have received support from the accommodation industry. 

March 2016
30 March - Premier Becoming Tourism Minister Should Be Just The Start
The elevation of the tourism portfolio in the WA State Government is a welcome development, but should be followed by additional support measures for the industry. 

24 March - High Penalty Rates to Result in Reduced Services Over Easter
Visitors staying in Australian hotels, motels, serviced apartments and other forms of tourism accommodation can expect reduced services over Easter because of excessive penalty rates. 

17 March - Review of Backpackers Tax is Positive for Regional Australia
Australia's accommodation industry is supportive of the review of the proposed backpacker tax, which has been announced by the Federal Government. 

8 March - Tourism Industry Roundtable Communique
CEOs of Australia's leading visitor economy organisations met with Federal Tourism Minister Richard Colbect this morning in Canberra

2 March - Investment in Tourism Marketing Benefits Broader Economy
Two reports released today are excellent indicators that the tourism and accommodation industry have a bright future

January 2016
27 January - Perth-first for International Rugby Set to Fill Rooms Quickly
Today's annoucement that Perth will be hosting its first international rugby league match is warmly welcomed by the Accommodation and Tourism industry.

20 January - Canberra's Newest International Tourism Drawcard
Today's annoucement by Singapore Airlines of direct flights into Canberra has been applauded by the Accommodation Association of Australia as a huge bonus for the ACT and surrounding New South Wales regional accommodation and tourism businesses.