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Important role of hotels in supporting quarantine program

June 8, 2021 Coronavirus (Covid-19) No Comments

Peak industry body, the Accommodation Association today said the important frontline role of hotels and hotel teams which voluntarily support returning Australians through the Hotel Quarantine Program deserves greater recognition.The call comes following confirmation that the federal government will fund construction of a 500-bed purpose-built quarantine hub in Victoria.

When COVID-19 measures were implemented in March 2020, Australia’s hotel operators in every state and territory immediately stepped up and handed over their properties in capital cities for use as isolation properties. More than 220,000 people have successfully returned to Australia through hotel quarantine thanks to the availability of these rooms. Hotel networks have and will continue to support the program and Australians needing to isolate.

Quotes attributable to Accommodation Association CEO Dean Long
“Australia and Australians owe a great deal to those hotels and teams who stepped up from Day One in March 2020 to hand over their properties in support of the mandated quarantine program. Australia’s hotels have continued to support the program sometimes at great brand damage and this support has meant Australians have been able to get back home.”

“The proposed purpose-built quarantine hub will provide a solution for those returning from high COVID-risk environments but the reality is that we will still need hotels to play a role given the volume of travellers involved. Government and community recognition of the significant contribution that our hotels and our people have made during COVID is important.”

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