The Accommodation Association has applauded a new announcement by the NSW Government that restaurants and cafes can open their doors to fifty people from 1 June 2020.
“This announcement recognises the importance of protecting the NSW economy and the 26,000 directly employed in the accommodation industry”, said Dean Long, CEO Accommodation Association.
“The accommodation sector is currently experiencing revenue declines in the order of 85%, with many of our restaurants closed due to government restrictions,” advised Mr Long.
“The easing of restrictions is a commonsense outcome that is vital to enhancing the destination experience and assists in supporting employment. However, opening up travel within NSW needs to be supported by the opening, not only of restaurants and cafes, but a range of unique destination activities.”
“Intrastate travel represents 70% of all visitor nights in regional NSW hotels. The announcement today in conjunction with the encouragement of intrastate travel will provide the additional stimulus required for regional accommodation providers to build demand.”
We look forward to working with government on the next stage of recovery, aimed at ensuring the improved viability of operating restaurants in hotels while continuing to recognise the need for comprehensive hygiene measures.