2018 Media Releases
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.