Key News Update
March 2019
Message from the CEO, Richard Munro
Reserve Bank Policy and your Business.

The Accommodation Association of Australia is one of a number of industry leading organisations that provides briefings and insights into the industry data that shapes monetary policy by the Reserve Bank of Australia.

The Reserve Bank Board considers our industry data and commentary to shape major decisions such as where the cash rate should be and indicators for inflation.
Our industry tends to be an early signal as to the economic climate of different Cities and States and it is interesting to see that we tend to be an early marker for the property sector.
A few telling pieces of information relative to our members is that wage increases are slowly picking up, which should be no surprise since we have seen successive increases in the minimum wage of over 3% per year (FWC 2017 decision was 3.3% and 2018 was 3.5% or $18.29/ hour). We will argue to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) that successive plus three percentage point increases are not sustainable to our business year on year as increases to our pricing (rates) to our customers is a modest 2.9% increase in RevPAR for the financial year ending 30 June 2018. We would add that inflation has slowed (below 2% for the year 2018), therefore large increases (over 3%) will not be a sustainable outcome.

Another interesting insight was the lower participation rates in the workforce by youth as more of this group aged 15-34 take up study. In contrast however the participation rates for mature age has increased, so mature age (now 45 years plus) is an area your business may consider.
The Reserve Bank of Australia acknowledged risks have risen for the economy which is softening, , but the central bank has not yet signalled it could switch its bias for raising interest rates towards rate cuts. Rate cuts ultimately give consumers the ability to spend more and the theory is that some will flow to discretionary spending in sectors such as ours, tourism.

We always welcome participation from our members and if you wish to share any business insights through our association directly to the Reserve Bank of Australia, we welcome your valuable insight on an ongoing basis. To view the detailed report, please click here
On Behalf of the Accommodation Association Board and Team we would like to Welcome Our New Sponsors
LUXXE Outsourced Services / Silver Sponsor
Offering both fully outsourced services and top-up models to hotels. Their highly-trained staff can be provided across various departments including Housekeeping, Rooms and Food & Beverage.
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CashFlow IT / Bronze Sponsor.
Offering finance solutions that enable you to improve your property without having to part with your hard earned capital.
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News Screen
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham urged stakeholders, from local and state governments to peak industry bodies and individual tourism operators to have their say on the future direction of the industry.
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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA joined Quest General Manager, David Ridgeway, to officially open Quest Canberra City Walk.
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When it comes to the food-and-beverage arena, its not always easy to understand the value and impact of a single dollar. To generate profits, hoteliers need to spend money the right way.
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Opinion Piece: As a hotelier, the process of (effectively) marketing to millennials might have initially presented itself as a rather daunting task. Just how much buying power and influence do millennials have? And how does that impact the hospitality industry?
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On 18 December 2018 , the Fair Work Regulations were amended to provide employers with some relief from claims from workers who may have been incorrectly classified as casual, and then are awarded payment for annual leave and other entitlements reserved for permanent employees.
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The Intrust Super 80 TWENTY Hotel Conference is on again in Brisbane on 21st March 2019 at the Emporium Hotel! 

After the success of this year’s inaugural event, the Accommodation Association of Australia is proud to once again support this one-day conference in 2019.

The 2019 event will build on last year’s success, providing attendees with the opportunity to gain valuable insights from accommodation experts and industry leaders. The conference is a fantastic forum for senior hotel management, owners and operators to network and expand their industry knowledge. Key topics in next year’s program include optimising performance in a well-supplied market, revenue-driving strategies and evolving market conditions in the hotel space.

Visit the conference website for more information, or register now at this link.
Round Up of Events
Melbourne Hotel Market Update & Economic Outlook Forum | Melbourne
The Accommodation Association recently had our Melbourne & Victoria Hotel Market Update, hosted by William Angliss Institute. With over 200 guests in attendance, it was a great turn out.

Brisbane Hotel Market Update | Novotel Brisbane
The Accommodation Association also held an Accommodation Market Update in Brisbane, hosted by Novotel Brisbane, and on the Gold Coast, hosted by Mantra on View hotel.
Gold Coast Market Update | Mantra Hotel on View
Upcoming Events

  • Launch of the National Advisory Board for Employment | 4th April | Hosted by Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
  • Breakfast Panel | 16th April | Gold Coast
  • ATHOC Golf Day | 14th May | Colonial Golf Course
  • Adelaide Accommodation Market Update | 21st May | Hosted by Intercontinental Adelaide

For more information on any of the above events, please visit our events calendar at or contact
New AAoA Members

On behalf of the AAoA Board and team, we would like to welcome our newest members -
  • Hub Hostel (VIC)
  • Magdala Motor Lodge (VIC)
  • Ibis Perth (WA)
  • Ingot Hotel Perth (WA)
  • Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne (VIC)
  • Matador Motor Inn (NSW)
  • Mountain Whispers Group (NSW)
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Emmanuel (VIC)
  • The Sebel Mandurah (WA)
  • Novotel Geelong (VIC)
  • Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific (NSW)
  • Clarion Suites Gateway (VIC)
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