Welcome to the first newsletter under our new name Hosted Accommodation Australia. There was concern in some quarters with the change, but overall it has been very well received by members and most definitely by our colleagues in the wider tourism industry. I'm sure that the advent of two new websites and the appeal of our organisation to many new members will prove that the move was beneficial.
This edition of Pillow Talk demonstrates the wide range of activities currently underway within the organisation. Advocacy is top of mind, particularly with Building Code issues. We continue to experience disparity in the application of laws within the States. An example of this is that the new WA Building Commission are mandating that from 1 October hard-wired smoke alarms are to be installed in all bedrooms. The Victorian Building Commission advises against this on the basis that smoke should be detected outside bedrooms. On 25 October, we have organised a forum with the Victorian Building Commission and other key organisations for examining the effect of the new disabled access laws on our industry.
Marketing activities are centred on our new Marketing Website, the opportunity for distributing Press Releases to 900 Australian travel writers and a repeat of our promotion in the AFTA Travel Pages which are used by Travel Agents throughout the country.
Finally, Daylight Saving commences this weekend in those participating States and the A.C.T.
Ciaran Cryan, Chairman

General News

Hosted Accommodation Australia Ltd
We have changed our corporate name to Hosted Accommodation Australia Ltd to better represent our diverse membership ... Read More

New websites in the planning stages
By the end of 2011 we expect to have two new websites up and running. The marketing website will have all the bells and whistles ... Read More

Update on Access to Buildings for People with a Disability
Hosted Accommodation Australia will meet with many stakeholders in building legislation to debate the issues and impact of this new law on our industry ... Read More

Victorian Industry Forum 14 September 2011
Speakers from the Victorian Health Department and the Victorian Building Commission sparked hot debate over a number of topical issues ... Read More

AFTA Product Manual 2012
We are repeating our promotion of the industry in the 2012 Product Manual and you can increase your exposure by taking an ad at a special member rate ... Read More

New Media Subscription
Hosted Accommodation Australia subscribes to a new program which reaches 900 travel writers around the country ... Read More

Fraudulent Invoices
Members are again receiving invoices for $99 from a company named Special Days Pty Ltd for listings they have not authorised ... Read More

Daylight Saving Begins
Clocks will go forward on Sunday 2 October 2011 in the States and Territory that observe daylight saving ... Read More

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