TAA responds to NSW Government review of short term letting

first_imgTAA responds to NSW Government review of short term lettingAustralia’s peak accommodation body, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), said that the NSW Government’s response to the Parliamentary Review into short term letting was an acknowledgment that unregulated short-term letting in residential communities was a complex issue where the benefits had to be carefully weighed against the far-reaching and potentially negative consequences.TAA CEO, Carol Giuseppi, said the accommodation industry had no issues with the Government relaxing regulations for property owners who provided genuine share stays by offering a room in their house or apartment on an occasional basis.However, existing regulations needed to be enforced to prevent commercial operators exploiting the new online distribution system and operating ‘quasi hotels’ that didn’t comply with the fire safety, disability access, employment, insurance and taxation requirements required of other commercial accommodation operators.“Research shows that 35% of Airbnb listings in Sydney are available 365 days a year and being operated as fully commercial property businesses, with an increasing proportion operated as multi-property businesses – this is not ‘sharing’,” said Ms Giuseppi. “It is essential that adequate regulations be imposed on non-resident commercial property investors who rent out full properties for short term stays.“We have also recommended a specific time limit to be placed on short-term letting of properties, which would allow owners to rent out their property while on holidays – but not as a commercial business. This needs to be supported by a register of properties to improve transparency and compliance and better inform government and industry planning.“TAA welcomes the opportunity for further consultation with government to ensure a resolution is reached that ensures the sustainability of the commercial accommodation sector which currently injects $2.3 billion directly into the economy, contributes $4.5 billion in consumption, and directly and indirectly employs over 80,000 people across NSW.“It is important that investor confidence is sustained as Sydney is currently undergoing the largest-ever expansion of its hotel sector, with the 40 hotels and 8000 rooms under development or in planning set to inject over $4 billion into the local economy and create thousands of sustainable jobs.“Sydney and regional areas need to be differentiated in the new regulatory framework. Holiday houses in regional areas are not the main issue. It is the prospect of houses and apartment blocks being turned into quasi hotels and impacting residents, communities and legitimate operators that should be the most pressing issue for Government to address.“The Government can learn from cities around the world that have recently introduced strict regulations to counter the negative effects – particularly for housing and rental affordability – caused by the unfettered growth of unregulated commercial short-term stays, and we would encourage the Government to develop a new regulatory environment that allows the tourism sector to grow, but not at the expense of residents and legitimate operators in the industry.” Tourism Accommodation AustraliaSource = Tourism Accommodation Australialast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Sofitel Luxury Hotels has announced the opening of the latest in its award-winning, global So SPA collection at Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa, following the launch of the French spa brand in 2013 at Queenstown’s sister property Sofitel Auckland Viaduct HarbourWouter de Graaf, Area General Manager of Sofitel Luxury Hotels New Zealand, says, “We are thrilled to unveil our global spa concept to provide hotel guests and local residents with a world-class spa experience in Queenstown.“Wellness is a growing focus for Sofitel Luxury Hotels, and our comprehensive range of deluxe treatments, together with high-end products and stylish treatment rooms are in line with So SPA’s across the world.”So SPA’s selection of therapies is categorised in a similar way to a French gourmet restaurant menu. Guests can indulge themselves and tailor their spa experience by combining different treatments listed under ‘Starters’, ‘Mains’, ‘Specials’ and ‘Desserts’.Treatments listed under ‘Starters’ last 30 minutes and are designed for busy urbanites seeking rest and relaxation. ‘Mains’ and ‘Desserts’ last an hour and feature full body massages, facial care and other luxurious treatments intended to revitalise and nourish the body and soul.Treatments use French cosmetology brand THÉMAÉ, designed around the natural, healing benefits of tea. Other beauty brands on offer include Sothys and Pure Fiji.On arrival, spa guests are treated to a complimentary fragrant foot bath, followed by a private consultation with a So SPA therapist to ensure guests’ individual needs are met.All 5 treatment rooms boast individual showers and steam rooms, with a couples’ suite complete with cedar wood Jacuzzi. Notably, the So SPA now features a new and unique infra-red room as well as serene relaxation rooms in addition to a discovery bar, where guests are encouraged to further unwind following their treatment over a freshly brewed tea and healthy snack.Crafted Kiwi sculptures, local artworks with influences of traditional Maori greenstone have been incorporated into the spa decor to reflect the hotel’s unique location near the shores of Lake Wakatipu.  Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more