Planning red-tape affects hotel development

Planning hurdles are raising the cost of new hotel developments vital to Australia’s surging tourism sector, according to a report released by Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb and new Tourism and International Education Minister Senator Richard Colbeck. Commissioned by Austrade from planning consultancy Urbis, the report Tourism_Hotel Development Regulations in Australia identifies opportunities to improve planning and environmental approval processes across all states and territories, including in regional areas. The report finds overly complex planning regulations cause significant delays and uncertainty for hotel developments, and recommends that federal, state, territory and local governments work together to promote simplicity, transparency and predictability in all state and territory jurisdictions.

TAA met with Minister Colbeck and advised support for the report. We reinforced that government investment in infrastructure and marketing was equally important in driving accommodation investment.