Accommodation Association CEO, Dean Long

Bangkok-based Minor Hotels has joined the Accommodation Association as its newest member, bringing its Asia-Pacific portfolio of more than 60 properties under the advocacy wing of the organisation.

Accommodation Association CEO, Dean Long, said he was thrilled to be adding the weight of Minor Hotels to its ranks to fight for greater support and a “commonsense approach to international and domestic borders”.

“This is a critical time for our industry and it’s important that we are all working together to offset the devastating impact of the international travel ban on Australia’s skilled workforce and support personnel as well as occupancy levels in metropolitan properties,” he added.

Avani Adelaide Residences is part of the Minor Hotels Group.

Minor Hotels Head of Commercial, John Thompson, said the company was pleased to be advancing its industry advocacy agenda while developing business relationships and championing initiatives that benefit the wider industry.

“The Accommodation Association’s proactive approach to industry advocacy includes representation on tourism boards and industry committees, legislative updates and government advocacy on reopening the economy, employment shortages and demand programs, which we can contribute to and from which we will both benefit,” Thompson said.