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TAA
March 19, 2019

CEO’s Message

The release of both the Reserve Bank Statement on Monetary Policy in February and Deloitte’s Tourism and Hotel Market Outlook last week, reinforced that the global economy continues to grow at a solid rate, although global growth moderated in the second half of 2018 and downside risks to the global outlook have increased in markets such as US, UK and China.  Domestically the Reserve Bank kept the cash rate on hold in February, an indication that they see softening around some domestic economic indicators.

Overall the IVS to September 2018 showed that with the exception of India and Japan, the growth in arrivals from Australia’s top ten source markets has been slower over the past year compared to the average over five years, with international visitor night growth into NSW flat. However strong domestic growth was evidenced over the same period with visitors up 8.4% and visitor nights 5.5%.

Our Sydney and Greater Sydney report shows that with new supply and some downturn in key international markets, hotels are experiencing a slight softening of rate and flat occupancy.

At the end of the month the TAA NSW Hotel Market and Economic Outlook will shed further light around these trends with both STR and Deloitte.  Deloitte for the first time will provide an analysis of the Parramatta market performance as well as the Sydney City and the Greater Sydney market.

As we near the elections, I am often asked what I think the biggest issue is for the industry.   Without doubt it is labour and skills shortages. Industry growth, a strong supply pipeline, low unemployment, decline in apprenticeships and VET enrolments, combined with a labour force which does not see hospitality as a career and tightened skilled migration settings, have all placed increased pressure on access to labour and skills in our sector.

During the month we presented at a Labor-initiated Senate Inquiry into Skilled Migration.  As we advised the inquiry, the new 482 visa has resulted in tighter eligibility criteria, higher costs with the Skilling Australians Fund, longer processing times and reduced responsiveness.  Unfortunately, this is unlikely to change following the election and industry look to work with government to ensure there is recognition of a global industry with benefits for employers who operate with integrity.

Our submission to the Government’s independent, expert review of Australia’s VET sector, highlighted three areas of concern – inconsistent funding and major gaps in funding for VET; negative perceptions of VET amongst students and the need for better information dissemination through a broader career development strategy, leveraging the government-funded Real Skills for Real Careers. Post elections at both the Federal and State level this will be one of the main areas of focus.

In other activity during the month, we welcomed Federal Labor’s vocal support of the ability for ‘Australia’s accommodation providers to set their own prices’. Over the past couple of years, TAA has continued to prosecute the issue of ‘online rate parity’ and ‘unfair contracts’ with the ACCC, advising that the ACCC had not gone far enough in their December 2016 agreement with the OTAs.  The ACCC has advised that their inquiry findings and action will now be mid-year.

I would like to end by thanking all members and stakeholders for the amazing journey I have had over the past eight years, representing this vital and important sector.  Your friendship and support have been essential in achieving outcomes.  I would also like to thank both my National Board and my NSW Board, in particular the current TAA National Chair, Martin Ferguson AM and the current TAA NSW Chair, Peter Tudehope.  Martin has a strong belief in our industry and has been an influential advocate at the national level. Peter has been a fantastic, committed leader and advocate of the industry steering the successful growth of TAA NSW over many years.

Carol Giuseppi


TAA NSW For Excellence 2019

There are two weeks left to nominate into the Awards for Excellence. To find the nomination information including the category specific criteria, people award written submission template and all of the details regarding the awards ceremony, please follow this link to the nomination information booklet.

Please login to the Awards for Excellence website to submit your nominations now.

Nominations and written submissions are due Friday, 29 March. 


Industrial Relations 

Public Holidays
An updated Public Holiday Listing for 2019 can be found here.
This list will be updated to include newly gazetted Local Public Holidays throughout the year and can be accessed through your enableHR account.

Upcoming Local Part-Day Public Holiday
Members in the Albury City Council area are reminded that a part-day public holiday will occur on Friday, 22 March 2019 from 12:00 pm to midnight for the Albury Gold Cup.
For information relating to pay and conditions where work falls on a public holiday please see our fact sheet on Arrangements for Work on Public Holidays here.

Members can contact the legal team on (02) 8218 1855 or by email at legal@ahansw.com.au


Government & Policy

City of Sydney announces Sustainable Sydney 2050 project
City of Sydney is undertaking a review of their Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan. After 10 years of work they are reviewing progress and look to the challenges and opportunities that the city and its communities will face in coming decades.
The City will be conducting multiple studies to consider the future of jobs and productivity, transport needs, housing needs, environmental considerations, cultural strategies and more. Consultation will commence with a range of stakeholders over the coming weeks.  Invitations will be sent out to members for the Sydney 2050 consultation with business on the morning of the 8 April.

City of Sydney Late Night Trading Planning Controls 2018
City of Sydney undertook community consultation from 26 February to 30 March 2018, on late-night trading in Sydney.

  • The proposed changes include:
  • new and extended late-night trading areas;
  • changes to hours in existing late-night areas;
  • more diverse late-night trading options and;
  • an additional hour for venues putting on performances or creative events.

City staff are reviewing consultation outcomes (closed early February 2019) and considering changes to the Late Night Trading Development Control Plan.  A report will be prepared to Council recommending any new controls and these recommendations will be placed on public exhibition for feedback.

Sydney Metro Update

  • Sydney Metro Northwest. Thousands of new commuter car parking spaces have been completed along the Sydney Metro Northwest rail line, which will open to customers from Rouse Hill to Chatswood in May 2019.
  • The government has announced four new Metro routes Metro West extension – Westmead to Western Sydney Airport; 2. North South Rail Line extension –St Marys to Rouse Hill via Schofields; 3. Western Sydney Aerotropolis to Macarthur and 4.Metro South West extension – Bankstown to Liverpool.
  • Sydney Metro City & Southwest. New stations will be delivered at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street and Waterloo along with new underground platforms at Central Station. Major construction is underway at Pitt Street and Martin Place. In 2024, Sydney will have 31 metro railway stations and a 66km standalone metro railway system.

Unregulated Accommodation Update
During the past three months there has been considerable activity both at the state and federal level around regulating the ‘sharing economy’.

  • NSW Planning Regulations
    In NSW the Department of Planning and Environment called for feedback on proposed amendments to planning rules in order to provide for short-term rental accommodation (STRA) in NSW.  TAA provided a submission in late November supporting the definition of STRA to the extent it ‘does not include tourist and visitor accommodation’.
    We reinforced that in metropolitan areas it should be primary residences only; we called for 90 days as our modelling shows that in many city jurisdictions this is the level at which it is viable to convert to short term rental and we called for registration.
    The Department of Planning have indicated that Management Rights operators will be defined within ‘Tourist & Visitor Accommodation’ and therefore exempt from the planning instrument for STRA.
    We also welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Planning of a special plan for Byron Bay which would allow the local council to impose 90 day limits on the 14 February 2019.  The Minister advised at that time that ‘if the Liberal-Coalition government is re-elected local towns will be able to limit short-term rental accommodation to 90 nights per year’, as per our submission.
    The Opposition has also supported lower day limits for short-term letting and has advised that ‘registration for the short-term lets industry and will be introduced if Labor wins the next election’.
  • NSW Code of Conduct
    The Code of Conduct was to be finalised in consultation with industry and community stakeholders.  Last year a Committee was formed to oversee the code with advice that the final Code will not be completed until early 2019. The Minister for Fair Trading sought to release the Code before Christmas but the lack of agreement on the scope of the Code, implementation and registration has delayed decision making until post-election.
  • Federal Sharing economy reporting regime consultation
    In late January, the Treasury released a consultation paper seeking views on implementing a transaction reporting regime for sharing economy platform providers.  This follows the introduction of ATO data-matching in August 2018. In late February TAA provided a submission to the inquiry reinforcing the importance of platforms sharing data with the ATO for reporting on income tax, capital gains tax and payroll tax.

ACCC inquiry into OTAs and Online Rate Parity
The announcement this week that Labor would support the ability for ‘Australia’s accommodation providers to set their own prices so they can compete with the multinationals behind the world’s largest online booking sites’, has been welcomed by industry.
In our meetings with the Chairman of the ACCC and members of the SLC unit, they advised that they were continuing to engage with a wide range of operators and remained focussed on a range of competition issues inclusive of rate parity, unfair contracts and misleading and deceptive advertising.  We have alerted them to the introduction of booking.basic and the implications and expressed our concern that this was contravening their own ruling of December 2016.  ACCC have advised that they now have a timeline for the middle of the 2019 year for any action. Labor’s announcement strongly signals their expectations of the inquiry outcome.

Proposed Mandatory Energy Rating system
On 18 December 2018, the Hon Angus Taylor, Minister for Energy, announced the Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program would be reviewed to assess its effectiveness and consider the case to expand the Program to other high energy-using classes of buildings such as shopping centres, data centres, hotels and office tenancies.
TAA is part of the Reference Group established by the Minister to inform the work of the review being undertaken by the Centre for International Economics (CIE).  Essentially the proposal is to mandate NABERS energy ratings.  We welcomed strong input from members from the CBD consultations in NSW.  Please find the TAA submission here.

Contracts signed for $1.26 billion Regional Rail Fleet in NSW
The NSW Government signed a contract with Momentum Trains in mid-February for the $2.8 billion project to design, build, finance and maintain the new regional rail fleet, along with a new purpose-built maintenance facility in Dubbo.
The new fleet will replace the existing XPT, XPLORER and Endeavour trains and include more comfortable, reversible seating, window blinds, charging points for electronic devices and overhead luggage storage similar to what is available on airlines. Trains for longer regional journeys will also feature buffet cars and will be more comfortable for those who require wheelchair access.
NSW TrainLink will operate the new regional fleet with the first trains to be progressively introduced from 2023.

Migration Updates
There were a number of migration-related announcements made by the Government in the past week.

  • Accredited Sponsor Scheme
    Employers that have invested at least $50 million (that directly created Australian jobs or generated export activity) into their Australian businesses in the past five years will be eligible for the accredited sponsor scheme. To become an Accredited Sponsor, businesses must demonstrate an unblemished track record of compliance with Australian migration and employment law. The Department of Home Affairs will establish a new dedicated team to proactively identify and invite eligible employers to join the Scheme, which will result in their Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa processed within five business days as compared to an average of 42 business days for other TSS applicants.
  • Pacific Labour Scheme
    Tonga which was already a part of the Seasonal Worker Programme has now joined the Pacific Labour Scheme (which includes six other Pacific island nations), allowing workers to undertake non-seasonal work in rural and regional Australia for up to three years (announced 12 March 2019).

Australian and Indonesia sign Landmark Trade Agreement
On the 4 March the Federal Government formally signed a free trade agreement with Indonesia.  The Indonesian-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) reduces tariffs and other trade restrictions between the two countries and has been in the negotiation phase for more than six years.
Key benefits for our sector are that up to 200 eligible Indonesians will be given six-month work and training opportunities in Australia.  In addition the allocation of working holiday visas is set to rise. The deal will also give Australian universities and vocational training providers greater access to the Indonesian market.
Australia and Indonesia will now follow their respective domestic treaty making processes to bring IA-CEPA into force. For Australia, this will include tabling the text of the agreement in Parliament and an inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT).
Labor has promised that, if elected, it will support the agreement but will require all future trade agreements to be subject to independent analysis and would examine labour market testing waivers to ensure that free trade agreements cannot be used to undercut the wages and conditions of Australian workers.


Research Reports

Deloitte Access Economic Tourism and Market Outlook
Deloitte’s have released their Tourism and Market Outlook Executive Summary with the full report to be released next week.
The report points to a narrowing base of growth heading into 2019 and the fact that global economic conditions will likely lead to slower growth for inbound tourism with international visitor trips forecast to grow by 6.2%, and visitor nights by 5.9%, on average each year over the next three years.
For the first time in a while, domestic overnight trips have been increasing at a faster pace than international trips. Australians took more than 100 million domestic overnight trips in the year to September 2018 – an average of five trips for each of us, up 7% over the previous year. Despite challenges around falling property prices and household wealth, Australia’s economy is still expected to continue its run of uninterrupted growth heading into 2019, and provide stable conditions for continued strong domestic travel demand. Domestic trips are forecast to grow by 4.2%, and visitor nights by 3.8%, each year on average over the next three years.

Sydney Airport Traffic Performance January 2019
The Sydney Airport Traffic Performance report for January 2019 showed that January was a strong start to the year for International traffic, processing 77,000 more passengers than the prior corresponding period (pcp) and 56,000 more than the busiest month in 2018. Domestic passenger numbers were flat compared to the pcp, resulting in a total 2.0% growth in total passenger traffic for January.
The earlier timing of Lunar New Year celebrations this year contributed to the growth of international passengers from celebrating nations in late January.  Double digit passenger growth was experienced on three of our top 10 markets – China including Special Administrative Regions (20%), United States of America (11.1%) and India (10.6%).
Domestic carrier loads and capacity were broadly flat for the month. Sydney Airport analysis suggests there are a number of factors impacting domestic airlines including fleet issues, industrial relations challenges and capacity management.

Newcastle Airport Traffic Performance January 2019
Total passengers for the month of January were 111,218 down 1.3% compared to the same period in 2018. Total passengers for Financial year 2019 year to date were 767,393,down 0.1% compared to the same period last year.  Please click here for further details.

Fewer Chinese working in Australia since CHAFTA
The number of Chinese on temporary work visas in Australia has fallen every year since the start of ChAFTA just over three years ago, according to a report from the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
The total number of visas granted to Chinese workers has also fallen as a proportion of the total granted to all foreign workers.  The report showed the number of temporary work visas given to workers from mainland China was 3,522 in 2014 -15. That dropped to 2,773 in 2015 -16 and 1,699 in 2017 -18. The proportion of Chinese workers in Australia under the temporary work visa scheme was down from 6.9 per cent in 2014-15 to 4.9 per cent in 2017 -18.
Two-way trade between Australia and China has been growing steadily since ChAFTA came into effect. In 2017-18, bilateral trade was valued at $195 billion, according to data from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Of that, $123 billion were exports from Australia.

AFTA Travel Trends
AFTA has released its February Travel Trends Report. Please click here for a copy of the report. The report provides an overview of the balance of trade between inbound and outbound travel for year ended December 2018.

Colliers International Capital Markets Investment Review
Colliers have released their International Capital Markets Investment Review providing an overview of hotel trading performance in the last year; current and future national supply trends and transactions across capital city markets.   The report points to  the opening of 6,763 new rooms across the ten major markets.

ACCC Annual Airport Monitoring Report
Profits at three of Australia’s four biggest airports continued to grow during 2017-18, while the quality of service rose, according to the ACCC’s annual Airport Monitoring Report, released in late February.
Combined operating profit from aeronautical activities at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth airports stood at $820.1 million for the year, up 6.2 per cent. Sydney Airport’s annual profit of $382.6 million, up 4 per cent on strong passenger growth, accounted for nearly half of the total profits generated by the four.
For the first time in a decade, all four monitored airports were rated as ‘good’ for their overall quality of service to passengers and airlines, with Sydney and Melbourne airports improving on last year’s ‘satisfactory’ rating.


Industry News

New Campaign to attractive FIT Chinese visitors to Australia
On 7 March, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham, officially launched Tourism Australia’s latest campaign ‘Too Australian for Words’ in an attempt to attract more Chinese FITs to our shores. This campaign highlights Australia’s vast array of actionpacked and ‘out of the box’ experiences that can be enjoyed beyond the major cities, such as diving with crocodiles in the Northern Territory or being surrounded by nature in a bubble tent in Capertree, New South Wales.

Tourism Australia launches new campaign to lure working holiday-makers
It’s the ultimate job advertisement. Queensland will be front and centre in a new $7.5 million campaign promoting working holidays launched by Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham in Brisbane last week.
New research by Tourism Australia has revealed a shift across the globe away from working holidays and that more needs to be done to lure working holiday-makers to our shores. The Australia Inc campaign will target university campus and social media abroad during the next two months, highlighting how a working holiday will make young people stand out from the crowd and can be beneficial to their long-term career and life goals.

Hilton Hotels Australia recognised as a 2019 leader in workplace gender equality
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) announced last week the list of 2018-19 WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation holders. A record 141 organisations received the citation this year across a wide number of sectors.  Hilton Hotels Australia was recognised for its commitment and best practice in promoting gender equality in its Australian workplace. Please click here for details.

  • Hotel News

Accor launches new lifestyle brand TRIBE
2018 was historic year for the Accor Group with record openings and signings, and strong acceleration in the lifestyle sector, mainly due to the acquisition of 14 new brands that greatly strengthened the Group’s portfolio in this segment. Please click here for details.
Accor continues to expand its portfolio and is launching a new lifestyle brand in the midscale segment, TRIBE.  This brand is aimed at responding to the needs of the regular traveller, seeking to provide a  high-quality hotel experience at an affordable price.

Major upgrade planned for Jenolan Caves House Hotel
A $10.5 million commitment from the NSW Government has given the greenlight to transform Caves House hotel at the Jenolan Caves into a five-star destination.
The money will be used to refurbish all 36 guest rooms at Caves House, including providing ensuites for each room. It follows an $8.5 million grant announced by the NSW Government in April last year to upgrade Jenolan Caves. The hotel’s grand dining room, reception and entry areas would also be refurbished and heating, cooling and power systems would be upgraded.

AXA International expands in Australia
AXA International has expanded its Australian footprint with the acquisition of four key hotels in Sydney and Canberra for a combined $330.4 million, in the biggest deal in the sector to date. AXA is buying the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s 177-room Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, the 212-room Pullman at Sydney Olympic Park and 144-room ibis Sydney Olympic Park, and the 286-room Novotel Canberra. The Olympic Park hotel portfolio, which was developed in the late 1990s for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, is operated by the French hotel group Accor under a 50-year management agreement.

Holiday Inn & Suites to open in Wagga Wagga
IHG will open a flagship regional Holiday Inn in Wagga Wagga in early 2021, following the signing of a management agreement with Interlink Group (Australia).
With 148 rooms, Holiday Inn & Suites Wagga Wagga will be the largest hotel in the city, as well as a unique iteration of the brand. It will feature a 6-storey building of new hotel rooms that show off the best of Holiday Inn, alongside the adaptive re-use of the heritage-listed Murrumbidgee Flour Mill and Grainstore, one of Wagga’s most iconic locations.
Holiday Inn & Suites Wagga Wagga will also feature a function and conference centre catering up to more than 300 guests, and an indoor restaurant and bar, spilling out to a Mediterranean-themed piazza. The hotel will be in the heart of the CBD at 50 Edward Street, a short walk from the train station and opposite Robertson Oval.

  • Airline News

China Eastern Airlines upgauge aircraft
China Eastern Airlines will upgauge their A330-200 aircraft on the Shanghai-Sydney route to an A350-900 from 1 April 2019. The new product is configured with 288 seats and this upgauge is expected to add almost 41,000 seats annually to the Sydney-Shanghai Pudong route.

QantasLink announces new service to Sydney AirportQantas and the Victorian Government have announced a new service between Bendigo Airport and Sydney Airport, operating from March 2019. The QantasLink return service will operate six days a week and increase to daily during the peak. The service will provide more than 30,000 seats on the route annually and is the first commercial operation to Bendigo in more than 30 years.

  • Regional News

New signage to draw attention to ‘Bypassed’ country towns
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey has adviced that bypassed by major highways ‘Bypassed Town’ signs, the first image-based signs will help promote treasured towns.
The first stage of this will be rolled out along the Princes and Pacific highways, including: Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads, Bangalow, Woodburn / Broadwater/ Wardell, Maclean, Grafton, Woolgoolga, Urunga, Nambucca Heads, Kempsey / Frederickton, Port Macquarie, Taree, Bulahdelah, Karuah. Please click here for the media release.

 Regional Grants available

• The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is designed to help stakeholders create, attract and support exciting business events for Regional NSW and to support new business event initiatives aimed at enriching the events with opportunities offered by iconic towns and regions while helping secure successful conferences and business events for their future. Read more.
• The Regional Cooperative Tourism Marketing Program is available to undertake Cooperative Tourism Marketing led by Destination NSW. Read more.
• The Regional Tourism Product Development Program offers between $15,000 and $150,000 for eligible projects that satisfactorily meet the assessment criteria. The funding must be, at least, matched dollar-for-dollar. Read more.

Diploma of Events Management Regional Scholarship Program
Destination NSW has partnered with Meetings and Events Australia (MEA), the peak body representing the events industry in Australia and developed the Regional Scholarship Program which will offer scholarships to people in regional NSW to undertake a Diploma of Event Management. Applications close 24 March 2019. Read more.


IR and Legal Calendar of Events

Thursday, 21 March – Know your Awards – Hospitality Industry ( General ) Awards
Wednesday, 27 March – Hotels and the Law
Thursday, 11 April – Counselling, Warnings and Fair Termination

To book a place in any of the above courses, please contact the legal team on (02) 8218 1855 or by email at legal@ahansw.com.au


Education Grants

City of Sydney Invitation to ‘Benchmarking hotel performance’ seminar
Companies are increasingly considering sustainability when booking travel, making it important for hotels to understand how to benchmark and communicate sustainability performance. Avoid green wash, hear directly from Australia’s key benchmarking agencies, and discover case study examples of hotels achieving significant efficiency improvements and savings and communicating sustainability leadership using benchmarking tools. Please come along with questions that you may have about getting ratings or certifications.

Date: Thursday 9 May, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Venue: Town Hall House
RSVP: kread@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

NSW First Program webcasts
Destination NSW delivers the NSW First program to assist tourism businesses around the state to develop, promote and sell their tourism products. It includes webcasts that offer ‘how-to’ insights on a range of topics for the tourism industry, with events to be added to the calendar throughout the year. Topics include:

  • Regional Event Funding – applying for the Incubator Event Fund
  • Export Ready 101
  • Inbound Strategy Series
  • Regional Event Funding – applying for the Flagship Event Fund
  • Regional Tourism Fund – Cooperative Tourism Marketing Program
  • Regional Tourism Fund – Tourism Product Development Program
  • Aboriginal Tourism

Please click here for details on dates and registration.

Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices
The Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) program is an Australian Government initiative that will provide intensive support to Apprentices in the first two years of apprenticeship training. Through the ISMAA program, Australian Apprentices completing an apprenticeship in Certificate III in Commercial Cookery will be provided regular one on one contact with highly skilled mentors who have years of industry experience.

In brief the ISMAA program is designed to help apprentice chefs with whatever they are requiring help with to assist them to stay in industry and complete their cookery apprenticeship. HTN have 7 chef mentors with years of experience in industry. They look to provide assistance to the apprentices in a variety of topics and as a point of difference they look to ensure that if the apprentices are needing help with practical skills that we can assist there as well as the pastoral mentoring.

If members are interested in government funded mentoring for their apprentice chefs please contact Daniel Hanwright, ISMAA Program Coordinator at daniel@htn.com.au or 1300 139 108


Education 

Social Media Training Beginner/ Intermediate
Date:
    Tuesday, 14 May
Time:    9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: TAA NSW Office, Level 15, Hudson House,
            131 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Social Media Training Advanced
Date:
    Wednesday, 15 May
Time:    9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: TAA NSW Office, Level 15, Hudson House,
            131 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Introduction to Hotel Revenue Management
Date:
     Monday, 27 May 2019
Time:     9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue:   TAA NSW Office, Level 15, Hudson House, 
               131 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Advanced course in Revenue & Distribution Management
Date:     Tuesday, 28 May 2019
Time:     9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue:   TAA NSW Office, Level 15, Hudson House,
               131 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Enhanced Leadership Program
Date:
  Tuesday, 13 and Wednesday, 14 August 2019
Time:    9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: TAA NSW Office, Level 15, Hudson House,
            131 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000


TAA NSW Events

GMs Boardroom Lunch with Tourism Australia
Date:   Thursday, 21 March 2019
Time:   12.00pm – 2.00pm
Venue: Lachlan Room, Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

Hotel Market & Economic Outlook
Date:   Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Time:    7.30am – 10.30am
Venue: Studio 1,2 & 3, Four Seasons Hotel

Marketing & Events Update – DNSW & BE Sydney
Date:   Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Time:   7.45am – 10.00am
Venue: Hart Room, Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

Central Coast Breakfast Seminar with IR & Legal Team
Date:   Thursday, 4 April 2019
Time:   8.00am – 10.00am
Venue: Lord Ashley Lounge, Crowne Plaza Terrigal

GM’s Boardroom Lunch with Qantas
Date:  Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Time: 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Venue:Banjo Paterson, Sydney Harbour Marriott

GM’s Boardroom Lunch with Lord Mayor
Date:  Thursday, 11 April 2019
Time: 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Venue: Eve Room, Rydges Newcastle

RSVP is essential: Please call Shalini Vashistha on 8218 1847 or email taa@tourismaccommodation.com.au


Industry Events

Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE19)
ATE19 will be held in Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 8 to 12 April 2019.


Staff Moves

On behalf of TAA NSW we wish to congratulate the following individuals on their recent appointments:

  • Alok Jambhore, Executive Chef, Holiday Inn Sydney Airport
  • Andrew MacDonald, Front Office Manager, Holiday Inn Sydney Airport
  • David Bayly, Director of Sales & Marketing for Holiday Inn Warwick Farm/ The Warwick
  • Gabriel Polias, Hotel Manager, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
  • Hayden Gibson, Purchasing Manager, The Hilton Hotel Sydney
  • Jason Cleasby, Front Office Manager,The Hilton Hotel Sydney
  • Jenna Abramowitz, Operations Manager, Holiday Inn Sydney Airport
  • Jessica Smith, Food & Beverage Supervisor, Holiday Inn Sydney Airport
  • Laurencia Diella, Director of Finance, The Hilton Hotel Sydney
  • Lydia Berlage, Regional Director of Human Resources – Australasia, The Hilton Hotel Sydney
  • Markus Tschuschnig, Director of Food & Beverage, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
  • Mely Liu, Business Development Executive, Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
  • Myriam Conrie, Director of Sales & Marketing, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
  • Rayan Anselm, General Manager, Primus Hotel Sydney
  • Richard Todd, Senior Director of Recruitment – Asia Pacific, The Hilton Hotel Sydney
  • Sharnie Ferguson, Director of Human Resources, The Hilton Hotel Sydney

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