The Accommodation Association of Australia has opposed the Governments decision to increase the industrys minimum wage rates, claiming it would make business even tougher.
Accommodation operators will face a financial impost increase of almost three percent on the minimum wage, according to the group, a rise that should be capped at 2.25 percent.
Its well documented that broadly speaking, trading conditions for tourism businesses are far more difficult than other industries, Accommodation Association chief Richard Munro said.
The Accommodation Association argued that increases to the minimum wage should be capped at 2.25 percent.
Given labour is one of the highest costs for tourism accommodation businesses, the decision makes doing business even tougher than it already is, Mr Munro said.
On top of this increase, the accommodation industry is struggling to quantify the financial impact of the introduction of the carbon tax which comes in exactly one month from today.
Increases in the Passenger Movement Charge and the proposal to lift the Managed Investment Trust Withholding Tax by the Federal Budget are additional issues faced by the accommodation industry.
For tourism accommodation businesses, it makes the task of continuing to provide some of the highest levels of customer service in the world more expensive.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T