Home' Hotel Management : HM April 2017 Contents Mantra Group strengthens
accommodation industry advocacy
Accommodation industry advocacy will
be enhanced by Mantra Group properties
becoming members of the Accommodation
Association of Australia.
Mantra Group’s membership of the
Accommodation Association strengthens its
focus on public policy issues which are purely
about accommodation beds, including the market
domination of online travel agencies, maintaining
safe standards through adequate regulation of the
sharing economy and industrial relations reform.
“Mantra Group joining the Accommodation
Association adds around 19,000 rooms in
Australian properties under its management
to the organisation,” said Accommodation
Association of Australia President, Julian Clark.
“This means Mantra Group has joined the
largest operators of rooms in Australia, together
with small-to-medium owners and operators of
tourism accommodation businesses around our
table,” he said.
The Association’s Deputy President, Simon
McGrath, also welcomed Mantra’s involvement.
“ We welcome Mantra Group to the
Accommodation Association of Australia,”
he said. “This is an excellent outcome for the
accommodation industry and the issues the
industry is engaging with government and other
key stakeholders about.
“ When engaging with government, a
‘strength-in-numbers’ approach significantly
increases the chances of success on matters
which threaten strong commercial returns and
realising the potential growth which exists in the
“For example, maintaining and increasing
funding for Tourism Australia is vital if the
number of international visitors to Australia is to
grow,” he said.
Mantra Group Chief Operating Officer,
Tomas Johnsson, has become the 10th and
newest Director to join the Board of Directors of
“The Mantra Group looks forward to
having a positive working relationship with
other accommodation industry leaders which
ultimately leads to benefits for our business,”
“ With the Accommodation Association
actively deploying State Advisory Boards to
complement its National Board, it means, local,
state/territory and national issues are all on the
agenda to be addressed in a timely and effective
way, resulting in outcomes which are supported
by the broader accommodation industry.”
Mantra Group’s COO, Tomas Johnsson
Further evidence of the tourism industry being a growth
sector now and in the future has been released.
Austrade’s ‘Tourism Research Australia State of the Nation
2016 Report’ has confirmed the upward trajectory of the
tourism industry by highlighting strong growth in numbers of
both domestic and international visitors, with a positive jump
in the number of domestic holidays (16.4 per cent increase).
“The report confirms that Australians are discovering fantastic
holiday experiences and accommodation offerings across our
nation, and that our tourism product is very much sought-after
by Australians and international markets,” said Accommodation
Association of Australia CEO, Richard Munro.
“The rise in the number of in aircraft seats has correlated to
an increase in accommodation occupancy, but unfortunately
regions are still not performing as well as capital cities.
“This is a challenge for both industry and government.
“Dispersal to our regions should be a key focus with
transport, infrastructure - including roads - and effective
marketing playing a critical role in dispersing travellers to
destinations other than capital cities,” he said.
Occupancy in capital cities was 76.6 per cent in 2016 and
regions were 53.9 per cent, a large gap despite some regions
doing extremely well, such as Far North Queensland.
The investment in new accommodation is AUD$7.6
billion, but there is some uncertainty for investors, notably
the impact of unregulated residential accommodation being
“It is important for all governments to help ensure the
tourism industry thrives as a major source of employment
for Australians through compliant, purpose-built, safe
accommodation and adequate planning legislation which
ensures that our tourists are provided a safe environment to
enjoy their holiday,” Munro said.
REGIONS LAGGING BEHIND CAPITAL CITIES IN TOURISM
Concerning: regions are still not
performing as well as capital cities
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