Hotels join call for Aussies to take a break

Hotels are urging Australians to heed the call for them to use up more of their accrued annual leave to boost tourism.It follows today’s release of the findings of a Tourism Australia study on this issue.

According to Tourism Australia, Australians now have some 70 million days of annual leave stockpiled.

“On behalf of Australian hotels, the AHA welcomes today’s announcement from Tourism Australia of a pilot program which will examine ways to convince more Australians to take their holidays - and hopefully they will do just that,” said the AHA’s Director, National Affairs, Bill Healey.

“Cutting down the huge amount of accrued annual leave will benefit the tourism and hospitality industries, as well as broader communities.

“Tourism Australia’s strategy also highlights the need for flexible workplaces, which is now a reality following the introduction of new industrial relations laws.


“The AHA looks forward to employers and employees working together to find constructive ways for staff to use up their annual leave that will suit both businesses and individuals.

“Hopefully today’s announcement will encourage the union movement to focus on how we meet the future needs of the labour market, rather than run a scare campaign related to the new industrial relations laws.”