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An open letter to Premier Palaszcuk from ARAMA

Monday 25, May 2020

25 May 2020


An open letter to Premier Palaszcuk from ARAMA


Dear Premier,


I write to you on behalf of Queensland accommodation providers who desperately need an accelerated easing of restrictions and are ready to open their doors to tourism.   


While we commend your government’s action on flattening the curve, our members need immediate action to resuscitate their businesses which are the lifeblood of our state’s tourism economy.


We understand community safety comes first, but the current step-down approach to easing of restrictions is out of touch with the accommodation industry where many operators are facing closure.  


We call on Queensland to fall in line with our New South Wales and Victorian counterparts in allowing leisure travellers to accommodate overnight without any travel restrictions from June 1.


As a tourism leader, Queensland must back its Queensland businesses.


Ready to re-open to leisure travellers


In a pulse survey last week, an overwhelming majority (96.8 per cent) of our members said they were desperate for State Government to accelerate the easing of restrictions.


10 per cent of respondents expected that their accommodation business would only sustain the current environment for up for 4 weeks with a further 19% indicating they would have to shut up shop or walk away in 8 weeks’ time.   


We are seeking immediate action on the current step-down approach:


  • Stage 2 measures must be brought forward to commence on June 1 (in line with NSW and VIC) to alleviate any further pain and suffering for accommodation providers
  • Stage 2 measures must also lift the 250km restriction on recreational travel to allow Queenslanders to back Queenslanders across the state, from the Gold Coast to Port Douglas and everything in between
  • Stage 3 measures must be brought forward to commence on June 26 to coincide with the start of school holidays and have maximum impact for accommodation providers


Ready for the new normal


A further boost for Queensland accommodation providers will come when our borders reopen to interstate guests. 


For an industry dependent on it, monthly border policy reviews should be accelerated to fortnightly providing greater opportunity for reopening.


The accommodation industry is ready for a COVID-safe world – our reputation depends on it.


We have responded to change, reinvented our businesses and we are ready to welcome guests. Remove the barriers to our success and let’s get Queensland’s tourism industry moving again.


Kind regards,


Trevor Rawnsley





Australian Resident Accommodation Managers Association (ARAMA) is a membership based, not for profit, peak industry body which represents the interests of people who are involved in Management Rights. ARAMA’s Mission is to serve the corporate and industry needs of members in order that ARAMA can properly represent the interests of all stakeholders and the resident accommodation industry as a whole.