January 18, 2021

Australasian hoteliers urge states to reopen borders – Hotel Management Online

IHG’s Managing Director Australasia Japan, Leanne Harwood.

Australia needs full unrestricted access to other states territories in order to kickstart domestic tourism give the industry a fighting chance to begin its recovery, four leading Australasian hoteliers have urged.

The unified calls came from Accor Pacific COO, Simon McGrath; IHG Australasia MD, Leanne Harwood; Quest COO, David Mansfield Choice Hotels Asia-Pac CEO, Trent Fraser as part of HM’s inaugural ‘The Recovery Starts Now’ webinar, sponsored by Intrust Super Hostplus.

Additionally, South Australia ruffled feathers by re-opening its borders to travellers only from Tasmania, Northern Territory Western Australia, adding Queensl will be next. The move angered Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews his NSW counterpart, Gladys Berejiklian, with both expressing their displeasure kicking off a war of words between the sides.

Speaking during the webinar, McGrath said the leisure market was starting to flow between open states, directed primarily at leisure destinations such as Queensl.

“People are making their own decisions taking their own risk to travel, that’s good I think there’s pent-up dem.

“The border openings are important my view is they’ll all come together in a matter of weeks then I think that will be a very positive move to Australian tourism domestically.”