This week, Hospitality New Zealand announced the welcome return of a dedicated accommodation provider industry voice.
The Accom industry is now faced with its most challenging climate and Accommodation Association New Zealand (AANZ) will fulfil the growing demand for dedicated advocacy for the accommodation sector.
Hospitality New Zealand chief executive, Julie White said: “The accommodation and hospitality, and tourism sectors face one of the longest recovery periods due to COVID-19. Now more than ever, before, it’s absolutely critical that the accommodation industry has a united voice to address their specific needs.”
As the voice of the New Zealand accommodation sector, the association will provide member advocacy on issues affecting policy and regulations with local and central government and help to create initiatives to support and grow the accommodation sector.
Sally Attfield who recently joined Hospitality New Zealand as general manager said the accommodation, has been tasked with leading this division of Hospitality New Zealand as the accommodation sector moves forward in a post-COVID operating environment.
She said: “In launching Accommodation Association New Zealand, we endeavour to protect the interests of accommodation owners, managers, community groups and end-users across the numerous provider segments, who each have their own unique challenges.”
AANZ will be advocating for targeted sector support from central Government, the need for short-term accommodation rental regulation, workforce training, skill and capability building, direct bookings and greater engagement with local government authorities on sustainable funding options.