Industry ‘hopes’ for Albanian action on labor shortages

Australia’s hotel and accommodation industry hopes the Albanian government will take action on important issues such as labor shortages and follow through on pre-election promises following its landslide victory on Saturday.

Last week, the Australian Labor Party announced a $48 million tourism and travel package, which includes a $10 million injection into training and skills development for the hospitality and hospitality sectors. .

Hilton Regional Vice President and Head of Australasia Paul Hutton said SM He was encouraged by the Labor Government’s commitment and said he will be instrumental in the recovery of the industry after two difficult years.

“With our current labor shortage crisis as a matter of urgency in hub cities and regional areas, I am optimistic for the future with part of this investment aimed at attracting workers and training and develop new and existing hotel workers,” Hutton said.

Choice Hotels Asia-Pac CEO Trent Fraser said labor shortages are the number one issue facing the industry today.

“Many workers left the industry during the shutdowns. Many of our hotel casuals are unable to work their hours, especially during these colder months when isolation requirements and illness make it difficult to work,” Fraser said. SM.

“So I’m really inspired by the promises around marketing strategies to attract workers to the sector and the tourism quality framework, which I think will have a direct impact on our small businesses.”

Fraser’s thoughts have been echoed by many other industry players, including Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) who have worked closely with shadow Minister for Tourism and Sport, Senator Don Farrell in recent months.

“We look forward to seeing the new government quickly deliver on its pre-election pledges, including $10 million to support jobs and training and initiatives to encourage Australians to work in the tourism, hospitality and hosting,” said TAA CEO Michael Johnson.

Accor Pacific CEO Sarah Derry expressed her best wishes for the new government and said Accor looked forward to discussing the workforce and recovery challenges facing the industry.

“Travel and tourism is a major contributor to Australia’s national GDP and an employer of many thousands of people, government support for our sector is essential to ensuring Australia’s future prosperity,” said Derry. SM.

IHG Hotels and Resorts – JAPAC Senior Managing Director Leanne Harwood said she looks forward to engaging with this new leadership on important issues.

“We look forward to working closely with the Government and the whole of Parliament, as we rebuild after the most difficult time in our history and into an exciting new era for our tourism and travel industry, and we are grateful for the campaign commitments the new government has made to help us get there,” Harwood said.

“I would also like to thank Scott Morrison and the outgoing government for getting Australia through some surprisingly difficult years.”

Business support

Accommodation Association of Australia CEO Richard Munro said members look forward to working with the Albanian government and supporting Labour’s election commitments and priorities, particularly around the training platform.” The Hub” of the Association.

“There are a number of economic challenges ahead and it is more important than ever that the private sector works closely with government as part of the solution to accelerate the visitor economy. This is exactly what we intend to do on behalf of our members,” Munro said.

“We also recognize the very strong message from voters and reflected in Prime Minister Albanese’s statements on the importance of promoting and supporting a greater and more balanced role for women and greater diversity, including in the leadership. As an organization, we support and applaud that.

Fraser also stressed the importance of restoring traveler confidence and resuming international travel for meetings and exhibitions.

“These events are great for our metropolitan properties, and I believe the events will be key in bringing international business travelers back to our major cities,” he said.

“Labour’s commitment to recognizing the importance of the business events sector by including the sector in international and domestic visitor datasets, and their commitment to continuing the success of the Bid Fund program, are key to strengthening this confidence and bring in new events and business travellers. in Australia.

Marriott International. Australia, New Zealand + Pacific Regional Vice President Sean Hunt said, “I look forward to working with the new government on initiatives that will support and move our industry forward.

“There are still a range of issues facing the industry and we look forward to hearing more from the new government.”

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