Virtual APEC 2021 another blow for hotel sector
New Zealand’s lost opportunity to host influential global leaders and promote our offering to the world has devastated yet not surprised many hoteliers.
With the Covid-19 pandemic still rampant around the world, central government announced APEC 2021 – due to attract 22,000 people here over the course of a year from December 2020 – would now go viral.
Trans-Tasman bubble now in Australia’s hands
Firm border controls and no Covid-19 community transmission in Australia for a sustained period is what’s needed for the trans-Tasman bubble to eventuate.
It’s now likely to be a state-by-state bubble with a September 2020 opening now seeming unrealistic given the pandemic’s spread in Victoria and nervousness about Covid’s return to New Zealand.
Advancing hygiene standards top priority for NZ Hotels
NZ hoteliers put further improvements to hygiene standards at the top list when navigating through the Covid-19 environment.
Rationalisation of organisational structures, re-negotiating supplier agreements and technology upgrades also featured highly.
Further impacts of Covid-19 on the NZ Hotel industry are outlined in Horwath HTL’s latest sentiment survey released at yesterday’s NZ Hotel Conference webinar.
NZHOA urges Auckland Council to investigate fair ‘across the board’ funding
Alternative solutions to the Accommodation Provider Targeted Rate (APTR) must be sought with its proposed reinstatement on 31 March 2021 unsustainable for the hotel sector.
NZHOA Chair Lani Hagaman urges Auckland Council to work closely with central government on a solution that is equitable, rather than simply suspend the rate as proposed in the Council’s Emergency Budget 2020/2021.
Hotels offered free digital toolkit to attract domestic guests
Hotels can now tap into Tourism New Zealand’s visual assets and content to leverage their marketing campaigns to attract guests.
A free digital toolkit promoting the Do Something New, New Zealand domestic marketing campaign can be accessed here
Join a webinar on Friday 3 July to find out more about the toolkit
Join NZHOA so we can continue to be a strong industry voice representing the real issues our sector faces as we work together to get through Covid-19 and out the other side.
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