Hotel Industry Steps up in Aid to Combat COVID-19

On the 27th of March 2020, Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews announced that from 11:59pm on Saturday the 28th March all travellers returning from overseas to Victoria will be placed in enforced quarantine for self-isolation for 14 day, to assist in ‘flattering the COVID-19 curve”

Since the announcement, more than 480 accommodation providers across Victoria have offered over 27,000 rooms to assist.

The Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with Tourism Accommodation Australia (Vic) and other membership organisations have been working to ensure the returning travellers can be housed safety and securely. The cost of accommodation, public health and security is being covered by the state government.

National TAA CEO, Michael Johnson made comment to Hotel Management, applauding the accommodation sector for stepping up to aid the combat of coronavirus and in assisting our healthcare system.  Johnson recounts that the sector was the “first to step up to provide a safe, secure and comfortable, solution to quarantine those coming into our country and help ensure the health and wellbeing of communities form this potential deadly disease.”

In comments made to the Weekly Times, Tourism Accommodation Australia (Vic) General Manager, Dougal Hollis expressed the importance and willingness of hotels in regional towns to be included in this program. “Many regional hotels are currently experiencing single-digit occupancies and stand ready to play an important role to help stop the spread of COVID-19,”

Click Here to view, 9News story, featuring Four Points by Sheratonin Melbourne Docklands. 

Click Here, to view, exclusive the TAA column for Hotel Management.

Click Here  to view, the Victorian Premier’s office official press release.

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