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NSW hotels buoyed by COVID conference allowance

Regulations allow for multiple events to take place across separate spaces in larger NSW hotels.

Changes to the NSW Health public order permitting multiple corporate events to take place in hotels, as long as capacity and social distancing requirements are met, have been met positively by the sector, the TAA says.

The new regulations, which came into effect on 24 July, require event hosts to roster a Hygiene Marshall to ensure sanitation and social distancing measures are enforced, as well as maintaining a register of attendees for contact tracing if so needed.

Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW and National CEO, Michael Johnson, said the latest restrictions provide a silver lining for hotels eager to get back to hosting conferences and events in line with guidelines.

Tourism Accommodation Australia National CEO, Michael Johnson.

“It is a small win but anything we can do to provide jobs at the moment is appreciated.

“NSW quarantine hotels are providing a vital community service and have provided a safe haven for more than 40,000 repatriated Australians and their families in the past four months, as well as hundreds of international air crew, Australian Defence Force staff and government health officials.

“Our hotels have worked closely with Police, Health and the NSW Government to ensure operating standards exceed the recommended guidelines,” Johnson added.

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