Published on : Friday, March 27, 2020
Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) recently mentioned that major hotels in Central Business Districts around Australia are now deciding to close their doors. The hotels will soon consider temporary closure and commence drawing down the shutter. The decision arrives in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The hotels have planned for closure at the moment in order to survive the coronavirus outbreak and tourism shutdown.
Hotels in Central Business Districts in Australia are experiencing below 10% occupancy rate approximately. Some of the hotels have even witnessed an occupancy rate lower than single digits. The official news arrived on Thursday, during a press brief with the organisation’s national board, headed by Chairman, Martin Ferguson AM.
Michael Johnson, National CEO, Tourism Accommodation Australia added in a recent press statement that the collapse in visitors had left properties with no option but to close up shop. He said the present time is devastating for the hospitality sector. He also informed that things are set to get even tougher before the eventual recovery.
He also said that irrespective of the closures some venues had expressed interest in operating as makeshift medical hotels. Even the hotels that have already closed their doors have showcased a willingness to volunteer. These hotels can be used as a quarantine or isolation center. This can certainly help ease the load on government health departments and hospitals.
He mentioned that during the difficult time of crisis TAA will continue to brief all members. They will also represent them at the highest levels of state and federal governments. He believes that they are a resilient industry. He assured that TAA will be doing all it can to ensure its members and their staff stay in the best possible position when recovery arrives.
The organisation’s board solely focused on the COVID-19 crisis and would continue to represent the interests of hotel owners, regional areas, payroll, visa workers and all measures designed to protect staff.