Hoteliers optimistic occupancy will rise

first_imgAustralian property managers remain positive that bookings will pick up in the year ahead, despite occupancy rates averaging at 30 percent between April and June this year. According to a Stayz Group Accommodation Index unveiled earlier this month, hoteliers cited economic conditions and weather disruptions for the affected conditions.Despite low occupancy levels, Western Australia and Queensland saw the highest rates of 39 percent and 36 percent, while Victoria and New South Wales filled up 25 percent and 29 percent of their properties.The slow mid-year is expected to pass with up to 38 percent of accommodation owners predicting trading conditions to be slightly better or much better over the next 12 months.The average national occupancy rate is expected to pick up to 35 percent between July and September this year and a further 38 percent between April and June next year.“The Australian tourism market has been impacted by a number of factors recently, including destructive weather, a high Australian dollar and poor global economic conditions,” Stayz Group general manager Kirsty Shaw said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img

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