Home' Hotel Management : HM APL 2016 Contents An artist's impression of ICC Sydney
The latest IVS and NVS statistics post a rosy
picture for the health of Australian tourism.
The impact of the sustained fall in the
Australian dollar has had an impact on
both attracting international visitors and
encouraging Australians to re-discover
their own country, though travel to America
remains robust, despite a near 25% fall in the
value of $A against the $US.
For the hotel industry, continued growth in
visitor numbers is vital if we are to soak up the
vast amount of new hotel supply coming into
the marketplace. It is now estimated that there
are over 100 hotel projects in the pipeline, plus a
large number of significant refurbishments, and
there is already strain on occupancies and rates
in cities like Darwin, Brisbane and Adelaide.
In Sydney alone, over 20 hotel projects are
either under construction or in advanced
planning stages, and while the city has
performed exceptionally strongly, and the
ICC opening later this year will add further
momentum, the addition of 5,000 rooms will
require substantial economic and tourism
activity over the long-term.
TAA's submissions to the Federal Budget
process have all been targeted at creating a
sustainable platform for growing the sector.
We have called for fair taxation of currently
unregulated commercial short-term
accommodation. A recent study showed that
of the 16,000 listings in Sydney for Airbnb,
over 60% of the listings were for non-
residential houses and apartments. In other
words, these were commercial operations
which should be required to meet the same
regulatory obligations as other commercial
short-term accommodation operators.
The new hotel building boom will require a
vast increase in labour resources: an estimated
123,000 workers, including 60,000 skilled
workers, will be needed in the tourism and
hospitality industry by 2020 to fuel the
expansion. This requires a set of measures
to increase availability of labour, such as the
rescinding of the proposed 'backpacker'
tax that would e ectively make Australia
a far less attractive destination for working
holiday makers. The tax would dry up labour,
particularly in regional and remote areas, which
often rely on backpackers for seasonal labour.
The hotel sector needs to put even greater
emphasis on 'growing its own' and the
industry-led Hotel Career Expo in May is
a great start, but for the volume of workers
required, liberalisation of working holiday
rules will be crucial.
We advocated measures to stimulate regional
tourism because while there has been some
dispersal of tourists to regional Australia in the
IVS and NVS statistics, many regional centres
are missing out, particularly with business and
Carol Giuseppi is CEO of Tourism
Accommodation Australia (TAA)
ICC SYDNEY ON TARGET FOR
ICC Sydney received a visit from NSW Premier Mike
Baird and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure
Andrew Constance in March to celebrate a major
milestone in the delivery of Sydney's convention,
exhibition and entertainment precinct.
They were on site to view the recent lift of ICC
Sydney's exhibition centre roof -- an engineering
feat usually reserved for aircraft hangers, bridges
Baird said ICC Sydney is on track for
completion in December and will provide a boost
to the NSW economy of $200 million every year.
"ICC Sydney is making great progress -- it will
truly cement Sydney as the number one place to
live, work and do business, and retain its rightful
place on the international stage," he said.
ICC Sydney CEO Geo Donaghy said
international interest in the venue is soaring with
close to 40 major international conventions having
now been secured alongside 50 exhibitions.
"Kicking o the 2017 exhibition season is the
Reed Gift Fair, which takes up all halls across the
centre, and is expected to attract 500 exhibitors,
20,000 buyers and see millions of dollars transact
as a result," he said.
ICC Sydney is the centrepiece of the NSW
Government's $3.4 billion revitalisation of Darling
Harbour, which includes: three interconnected
and flexible buildings that can host world-class
conventions, exhibitions and entertainment
events; vibrant public spaces centred around the
expanded green space of Tumbalong Park and
linked to the city and its surrounds by a bustling
boulevard and pedestrian connections; and 35,000
sqm of internal exhibition space and a 5,000 sqm
open air event deck.
ICC Sydney opens in December 2016 with a
Feeding Your Performance approach to catering,
technology and connections with the city's talent
hubs, learning institutions and thought leaders.
NZICC breaks ground in Auckland
New Zealand's Prime Minister
and Minister of Tourism
John Key, and Minister for
Steven Joyce, have turned the
first sod on construction of
the New Zealand International
Convention Centre (NZICC)
"SkyCity has now started
construction on what will be
a world-standard facility," Joyce said. "It is a very
significant investment for Auckland and New
Zealand that will bring an additional NZD$90
million in tourism expenditure annually."
The total project cost of the NZICC plus the
associated new hotel, laneway and extra carparks
is NZD$700 million.
"This important national facility will now bring
2140 new jobs -- 1000 during the construction
phase and about 1140 people in the NZICC,
the new hotel, the new retail outlets and the
additional gaming and hospitality areas that are
being constructed," he said.
"That's 340 more jobs than
"This will be a tremendous
facility for New Zealand, and
it will be built without any
direct financial contribution
from the Government."
Joyce paid tribute to the
e orts of all those involved
on the project that is set to
be completed by 2019.
"The SkyCity Board agreed to take on the
challenge of making the convention centre into
a successful business and in addition, they have
decided to build a new five-star hotel and a retail
laneway beside it," he said.
The NZICC will comfortably accommodate
conferences of up to 3,150 people, and will be
able to host up to 33,000 additional conference
delegates who will support the hoteliers, retailers
and restaurateurs of central Auckland and
surrounds, Joyce said.
Construction is underway on NZICC
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