This ANZAC Day will impact on Sydneys hotel and accommodation industry, attracting penalty rates for the public holiday, according to TAA.
Many major hotels are reducing staff levels and closing restaurants to avoid raised costs according to Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) NSW director Carol Giuseppi.
The public holiday follows Easter long weekend earlier in the month where almost half of Sydneys major hotels were forced to close their restaurants for lunch and dinner due to spiralling labour costs, revealed by a recent survey of TAA (NSW) members.
Ms Giuseppi commented on the penalty rates, saying there was an urgent need to review the rates structure by the Federal and State Governments and recognise businesses that need to operate 24hours a day, every day to service our customer needs.
Coming as it does on top of the Easter Long weekend which saw services running at a loss, unfortunately Anzac Day will be a bridge too far for many in the hotel accommodation sector, Ms Giuseppi said.
To continue to be a competitive destination, Ms Giuseppi pointed out the need to be fully operational through holiday periods. Under the current penalty rate structure, it has got to the stage where wages on public holidays and weekends often mean businesses are running services at a loss.
Contrary to popular belief hotel guests arent paying more on public holidays in fact they are usually hosting leisure guests who are paying less, she said.
A key industry within tourism, accommodation directly contributes over $4 billion to the NSW economy and employs 23,600 people in NSW.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W