Having trouble viewing this email? View this newsletter online
June 1, 2019

CEO’s Message

Welcome to TAA NSW members update for June 2019. Now in my 4th week in the role of CEO, I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am to be able to represent the members of TAA NSW going forward. Since starting there has been a number of milestones. We welcomed in the Morrison Federal Government and are already in process of coordinating meetings with Minister’s on both sides of government that effect the day to day success of our hotels.

TAA NSW held our AGM at the Four Points by Sheraton, Sydney Central Park with Peter Tudehope giving his last address as Chair, thanking the previous board and wishing the new board every success (see below for details). Peter’s address highlighted the successes over the last year and how our organisation continues to go from strength to strength.

The TAA NSW Advisory Group joined together with TAFE Enterprise and are now looking to pilot Hotel Traineeships that are specifically targeted to the needs of our hotels. This is extremely important going forward as our industry grows so too does the need for entry level traineeships that entice young Australians to join our industry as a career option and fill the industry skills gap.

TAA NSW launched our exclusive TAA Member Electricity Offer by Simply Energy. This has been worked on over the past eighteen months with our partners to come up with what is an industry first aggregated PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) for our member’s consideration (see below for more details).

There have been extensive efforts by the events team in putting together this year’s “Awards for Excellence” with all judging of the 300+ nominations now complete. This will once again be our night of nights, and I’m sure the Star Event Centre will put on a wonderful event on the Thursday 25 July 2019.

Lastly, I am regularly asked are we in our new offices yet? I would like to confirm we are working on design and aligning budgets to ensure we have not only effective and efficient working spaces but that there is also suitable function areas for our regular training sessions and board meetings. They are anticipated to be ready for occupation in Oct/Nov 2019.

Look forward to seeing you all at the awards!

Warmest regards

Michael Johnson

Exclusive TAA Member Electricity Offered Powered by Simply Energy

As you are aware, TAA NSW launched our exclusive TAA Member Electricity Offer by Simply Energy on Thursday 30 May 2019.

Traditionally, you as an energy customer would purchase electricity from a retailer who sources its power from the wholesale energy market. However, this TAA initiative revolves around an aggregated Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), which creates a contractual agreement via a renewable electricity generator – in this case a solar farm – to purchase electricity at an agreed price for a period of time. The PPA price is expected to be significantly lower than both the current retail and wholesale price of power.

Use our exclusive Savings Calculator, powered by TAA & CleanEnergy Strategies to preview the possible 2020 savings that our offer may be able to achieve for your property.

For more information you are welcome to download the information brochure & FAQ’s. Alternatively, please reach out to Greg Chambiras, Member Development Manager TAA NSW at 02 8218 1823 or via Greg@tourismaccommodation.com.au


Up to $7,000 Available for Women’s Leadership Development

Women & Leadership Australia has put out their final call for all women currently working in the tourism sector to express their interest in current financial year scholarship funding that is available. Women can register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $7,000 to support participation in an accredited leadership development program.

Funding must be apportioned by the end of this financial year and it is unsure when these grants will be available again. Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to 5pm on June 21.

City of Sydney Environmental Performance Grants – Round 2 Opens 19 June

Round 2 of City of Sydney’s grants for building owners, managers and tenants in their council area opens Wednesday 19 June. Funding of up to $15,000 is available for commercial buildings and residential apartments in the City of Sydney local government area. As well as grants supporting energy audits and third party sustainability ratings, the City is funding equipment and technology that monitors and measures energy, water and/or waste for example sub-metering, data analytic systems, NABERS waste platform.
Apply for a City of Sydney grant to:

  • Understand how and where energy and water is used in your buildings
  • Identify ways to improve efficiency and reduce ongoing operational costs
  • Get costed options to prioritise building tune-ups and upgrades
  • Benchmark and communicate performance with a NABERS, Earth Check or Green Star performance rating and action plan.

Applicants commit to investing a minimum amount of their own funds to implement cost-effective opportunities identified. Find out more on the City’s website, apply online from 19 June, or speak to the City’s Grants team on 9265 9333 for more information.

Industry News

TAA NSW Board Members & Chairman Announced
We are pleased to announce Antony Page, General Manager of The Sydney Harbour Marriott as Chairman of the Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW Board. Antony was unopposed for the chairs position at the first meeting of the new TAA NSW board on the 5th of June.

“Antony Page is well respected right across our industry and he will be a great asset to TAA NSW moving forward,” Michael Johnson said.

In addition, Mr Johnson said he was pleased to see the high levels of energy, commitment and passion shown by the new board members at the first meeting. “There’s no doubt this is a talented brains trust made up of experienced hoteliers who are passionate about the future of our industry,” he said.

“The meeting focused on the sharing economy, the skills and labour shortage and the high costs of energy to hotels – it was marked by enthusiasm and energy about finding new ways to move the accommodation sector forward. Harnessing new ideas will be an important focus with an upcoming strategy meeting already planned.”


TAA NSW Board members (from left to right)
Bahram Sepahi, Regional Vice President & General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts
Glen Boultwood, CEO & Co-Founder, Serene Capital
Fazila Farhad, Managing Director, Ramada Hotel & Suites By Wyndham Sydney Cabramatta
Antony Page, General Manager, Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel (Chair)
Michael Johnson, CEO TAA NSW & National
Bernhard Langer, General Manager, Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park
Gaylord Lanny, General Manager, The Langham, Sydney
Jason Morrow, General Manager, Chifley Apartments Newcastle
Richard Doyle, Group General Counsel, Staywell Group
Philippe Kronberg, General Manager, Shangri-La Hotel & Resorts


Novotel Sydney International Airport
Mercure Sydney International Airport recently re-branded to Novotel Sydney International Airport and threw a party to celebrate the occasion. Greg Chambiras, TAA NSW Membership Development Manager, attended the party, where there was exceptional entertainment and delectable food on offer.

NoVacancy Registration
Bringing together networking, learning, products and services, NoVacancy helps you modernise your property, optimise your business, enhance the guest experience and maximise profits. Set for Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 July 2019, NoVacancy is Australia’s biggest accommodation event and it is not to be missed.

Registration for this trade event is now open and free for attendees who register pre-show. For further information or to register, click here.



IR & Legal Events

TAA Workplace Relations Breakfast Seminar
Presented by Phillip Ryan, Director Legal & Industrial Affairs TAA NSW Legal and Industrial Relations Team.
Date:          Thursday 27th June 2019
Time:          8:00am for a light breakfast
8:30am to 10:00am presentation
Venue:        Voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley
Address:    336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

Note: TAA NSW members receive free legal advice from the Legal and Industrial Affairs team. For further information, bookings or inquiries, please contact the legal team on (02) 8218 1855 or by email at legal@ahansw.com.au


Enhanced Leadership Training Program
Understand your business performance and learn how to drive enhanced business outcomes through your team.

Date:         Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 August 2019
Time:         9:00am – 5:00pm daily
Venue:      TAA NSW Office, Level 15, Hudson House
Address:   131 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost:          $890 per person (+GST)
Bookings:  Email taa@tourismaccommodation.com.au to register your interest by Wednesday 7 August 2019.

TAA NSW Events

GMs Board Room Lunch 

Sandra Chipchase, CEO Destination NSW, will provide an update on Destination NSW’s activities and future initiatives, with a Q&A session to follow the presentation.
Date:          Wednesday 4th July 2019
Time:         12:00pm arrival
12.30pm – 2.00pm lunch
Venue:        Hyatt Regency Sydney
Address:    161 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Please RSVP to Greg Chambiras – greg@tourismaccommodation.com.au by the 28th of June

Past TAA NSW Events

Revenue & Distribution Management Course – 27th & 28th May

Hosting 21 participants, another successful TAA NSW Revenue & Distribution Management Course was held.

Shannon Knapp, from SKNapp Consulting presented an engaging and interactive training course designed to assist all middle managers to understand the role of Revenue Management and identify the most effective ways to increase hotel revenue, whilst remaining competitive.
The reviews were excellent, and we are pleased to announce another TAA NSW Revenue & Distribution Management Course to be held on 8th & 9th October 2019.

Registration details to follow shortly.

TAA NSW Workplace Relations Breakfast Seminar6th June:
Mr Martin Dunne, Manager, Legal and Industrial Affairs TAA NSW welcomed members to SAGE Hotel Wollongong at our recent Workplace Relations Breakfast Seminar. During the seminar, Mr Dunne deep dived into the following industry relevant topics, followed by an interactive Q&A session that allowed him to assist all member enquiries:

  • 4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards:
  • Changes to Part-time/Casual Employment
  • Annualised Salaries
  • Outstanding Matters
  • Annual Review of Minimum Wages
  • Casual Employment
  • Other Industry Matters
  • Hospitality Legal – The Industries leading Law Firm

TAA NSW GM’s Lunch30th May
Hotel General Managers were given an insight into the $4.8 billion a year cruising industry by Joel Katz, Managing Director at Cruise Lines International Association Australasia and Sture Myrmell, President of P&O Cruises Australia at Carnival Australia.

Cruise ships were docked in Sydney for 357 days of 2018, providing 1.37 million passenger visitor days and 147,000 crew visit days, with a combined spend of more than $1.2billion on food, drinks, retail and accommodation.

Set in the Drawing Room at The Langham Hotel Sydney, attendees discussed the importance of developing new berthing facilities in Sydney as the most urgent infrastructure priority for not only the cruising sector but a crucial element for our TAA Members.

Our Corporate Partners:



Sent on behalf of the TAA