Barometer: Cities, Beaches, Wine Region on The up

Published on : Monday, February 4, 2013

The latest edition of the TTF-HOSTPLUS National Accommodation Barometer shows continuing strong demand for accommodation in Australia’s capital and major cities with occupancy rates in Darwin at 90.0 per cent in the September quarter 2012.

In addition to Capital and Major Cities, the TTF-HOSTPLUS National Accommodation Barometer includes indices on four centres in each of three destination types: Beach Holidays, Mining and Resources Hotspots, and Wine Tourism Regions. The Barometer also contains information on four iconic Australian destinations: Great Ocean Road, Broome, Kakadu Arnhem and Kangaroo Island.

Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) Chief Executive John Lee said Australia’s cities are benefiting from the relatively strong Australian economy and popularity of short breaks.

“Demand for accommodation in our capitals, along with the Gold Coast and Cairns, is very strong at 81.3 per cent for the September quarter 2012, on par with the same period in 2011,” Mr Lee said.

“This has seen room rates jump 4.3 per cent and revenue per available room (RevPAR) rise 4.1 per cent for the quarter, thanks in part to solid business travel demand.

“Of those destinations, Darwin’s average occupancy was 90.0 per cent for the quarter, driving room rates up more than 10 per cent and RevPAR up an astonishing 17.4 per cent, with occupancy in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth around 85 per cent, with rates and RevPAR up in all three cities.

“Continuing strong demand in our gateway cities underscores the need to plan for sustainable growth in accommodation capacity to meet projected future demand from both international and domestic visitors.

“Pleasingly, Cairns saw an occupancy rate of 76.6 per cent for the quarter – its best quarter for five years – with RevPAR up 5.6 per cent.

“Mining and Resources Hotspots saw a sharp fall in occupancy for the quarter, although strong rises in room rates have resulted in only a slight fall in RevPAR.”

HOSTPLUS Chief Executive Officer David Elia said the results show solid demand for leisure travel.

“The TTF-HOSTPLUS Barometer also shows Beach Holiday Destinations saw rises in occupancy, rates and RevPAR for the quarter, while Wine Tourism Regions experienced a 5.0 per cent jump in occupancy and 7.2 per cent growth in RevPAR,” Mr Elia said.

“We hope to see these positive results reflected in future quarters and that it is an indication of a continuing resurgence in domestic leisure travel, especially in regional Australia.”

Source:- TTF Australia

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