Powerful new lobby group for NSW

A powerhouse board of industry leaders will give a new voice to NSW tourism accommodation.

The NSW State Advisory Board was launched this week by tourism minister Adam Marshall as an advocacy group for members of the Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA).

Representing properties across the state and neighbouring ACT, it includes key figures from industry heavyweights including TFE hotels, The Star Entertainment Group, Accor and Mantra.

“The Accommodation Association’s NSW Advisory Board continues our initiative to ensure the interests of state-based members are more specifically addressed,” said AAoA CEO Richard Munro.

“According to Tourism Research Australia, NSW is home to 34 percent of tourism business in Australia, exemplifying NSW’s position as Australia’s leading tourism state.

“Regional tourism has also benefited from the state government’s regional event development fund to encourage more business events and visitors into rural and regional NSW.”

Doma Group’s Patrick Lonergan, chair of the advisory panel, identified working with political and industry stakeholders as central to its function.

“We had a great turn out by the industry for the launch of the inaugural NSW State Advisory Board,” he said.

“We look forward to working with both government, opposition and key stakeholders in our industry.”

Members include:

  • Chair – Patrick Lonergan, Doma Group
  • Deputy chair – Marianne Ossovani, Elanor Investors Group
  • Emma Waterman, TFE Hotels
  • Damien Cameron, The Star Entertainment Group
  • Mark Ronfeldt, Daiwa Living Waldorf Apartments
  • Matt Rubie, Frasers Hospitality Australia
  • Monty Maguire, Quality Hotel Powerhouse Armidale
  • Patrick Cheok, Mantra Group
  • Scott Boyes, AccorHotels
  • Theo Whitmont, Kincumber Nautical Village & Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park
  • Richard Munro, Accommodation Association of Australia

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