About Queensland Hotels Association

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The QHA is the peak industry body in Queensland for the hotel and hospitality industries, accommodation providers, resorts, theme parks, convention centres and casinos. The QHA and its members are also important stakeholders in the tourism industry in Queensland.

The QHA dates its formation to 1885 when a group of hotel owners formed together to represent their collective interests to Queensland's Colonial Government on matters of excise, taxation and labour and immigration policies.

Today, the QHA is an influential employer group, which represents the interests of the hotel and hospitality industries, and which seeks to advance the interests of its members, and the wider hotel and liquor industries, through contributing to the development of progressive, responsible, and enduring policy and legislative outcomes.

The core objectives of the Queensland Hotels Association are to promote the hotel and hospitality industries in Queensland, to work towards outcomes which benefit all members, and to assist individual hotel businesses and groups, thereby ensuring a prosperous future for the liquor and associated industries.

The QHA also provides a wide range of services to its members including industry and compliance training, employment and industrial relations services, WH&S advice and training, and assistance on business development including gaming and liquor regulations.

The QHA is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Queensland, and is a registered Union of Employers in both the Federal and State spheres. At a national level, the QHA is affiliated with the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) and maintains a Queensland Branch of the AHA.

Membership of the QHA is open to any private enterprise or individual holding any Liquor Licence under the provisions of the Queensland Liquor Act, other than a community club licence.

In effect, QHA members include all forms of hotels, resorts, accommodation providers, theme parks, convention centres, casinos, tourism ventures and similar businesses. The scope and nature of members is progressively expanding but covers the mainstream of the liquor and associated industries. The QHA represents the interest of all hoteliers in Queensland, from the large chains through to small owner-operated hotels, and everyone in between. It is truly an organisation run by hoteliers for hoteliers and their fellow industry stakeholders.

As a registered union of employers at a national and state level, the QHA rules provide for the regular election of nominated members to a State Board, which is the Association's committee of management. State Board members are elected from two electorates representing hoteliers in the North and South of the state respectively. Most hotel members are classified as members of a General Hotels Division, whilst a separate Accommodation Hotels Division caters for accommodation hotels and resorts. This distinction recognises the different representation, services, and promotional needs of the different types of hotel business.

Membership subscriptions are levied annually, and help finance the services provided to members, and also assist to fund the Association's representational and industry support activities. The QHA also works cooperatively with a wide range of industry stakeholders to ensure that the interests of all stakeholders in the hotel industry are factored into its representational activities and programs.

The Association is ever-mindful that Queensland is a large, decentralised state with hundreds of hotel businesses located in regional areas or in the bush. Consequently, considerable effort is made to ensure that services such as industry training, members' forums, and industry promotion cater for, or are conducted in, regional and remote areas of the state.

The QHA exists to represent and improve the commercial and wider interests of the Queensland hotel industry. In doing so, the Association works closely with the Government, the community, and all licensed industry stakeholders to influence social, economic and regulatory outcomes that enhance the quality, stability and commercial viability of the Queensland hotel industry.

Click here to view the QHA's mandatory reporting requirements.
Updated 6 May 2016

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