New NSW Tourism Minister expresses support for industry and regional tourism
Marshall was the special guest at Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW’s Chairman’s Function, which was attended by representatives of the tourism industry’s leading organisations including Tony South (chair of Tourism Australia), Sandra Chipchase (CEO of Destination NSW) and Lyn Lewis Smith (CEO of Business Events Sydney).
Chair of TAA NSW Peter Tudehope said the presence of the new Minister was significant as it allowed the industry to reinforce the economic importance of the accommodation sector.
“The most comprehensive revitalisation of the Sydney’s hotel sector is currently underway, which will transform the city’s tourism infrastructure,” he said.
“Already $2.3 billion worth of hotel projects have been approved for the Sydney city area, with a further $1.9 billion of projects proposed and in advanced stages of planning. This development phase has extended well beyond the CBD to the airport and western Sydney.”
He said that while accommodation providers appreciated the elevation of the sector as a first-tier industry, investors required confidence that their investments would be sustainable in the long term.
“TAA commends the Commonwealth and NSW government on their recognition of the importance of the visitor economy through initiatives such as agreements that maximise airline capacity and investment, improvements in visa processing and accessibility, long term funding of regional destination marketing bodies and the commitment to visitor infrastructure such as the International Convention Centre,” Tudehope said.
“However, to sustain this confidence, governments need to ensure they don’t pick winners and losers in what is a rapidly changing market. The impact of the unfettered rise of unregulated short-term accommodation – under the guise of ‘sharing’ – can’t be underestimated. We are looking to government to be responsive to the need for transparency of supply through registration and proportionate regulation of ‘commercial operators’ on these online platforms.”