AUSTRALIA'S accommodation sector has welcomed this afternoon’s announcement to open Queensland borders from midday this Friday.
The Accommodation Association, the industry’s peak body, said the decision will bring much needed relief to the many hotels, motels, serviced apartments, resorts, caravan parks and accommodation providers at the heart of Queensland’s tourism sector.
Accommodation Australia CEO Dean Long said the Accommodation Association represented close to 3,500 hotels, over 150,000 rooms and nearly 100,000 employees across Australia. He said accommodation contributed $17 billion to the Australian economy each year.
About 60,000 tourism accommodation jobs have been lost due to COVID-19 with 8,000 Queenslanders now unemployed.
“This announcement has brought a big smile to the faces of our Queensland hotel, motel and accommodation operators," Mr Long said. "While leisure travel is just a small part of revenue and on-going government support is critical to help the sector through the ongoing restrictions, this is a very welcome announcement.
“For the many locals who work in the accommodation sector, the prospect of being able to welcome guests once again as restrictions on travel and gatherings ease is great news," Mr Long said.
“The accommodation sector has adjusted quickly from the get-go to implement all the recommended health measures. The systems, cleaning protocols and necessary measures are all in place and we’re ready to open for business.”
About the Accommodation Association
The Accommodation Association represents over 80 percent of all known accommodation providers from small regional parks, caravan parks, serviced apartments and resorts through to the largest hotel groups in the world including Accor, Hilton, Wyndam Destinations and IHG.