Room nights show growth

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

ROOM nights oc­cu­pied in Port Dou­glas in­creased dur­ing the March quar­ter but could still im­prove and the re­cent sta­tis­tics sug­gest the fig­ures are in­flu­enced by the re­gion as a whole.

Num­bers have in­creased across the board of trop­i­cal des­ti­na­tions.

Port Dou­glas re­ported a 13.3 per cent in­crease in room nights, the north­ern beaches grew 17.1 per cent, Cairns city grew 6.7 per cent and the Whit­sun­days jumped 30.2 per cent.

Port Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Ken Dobbs said he looked at a decade of sta­tis­tics and no­ticed a sim­i­lar trend in the trop­i­cal re­gion, which he said is ev­i­dent in the fact that when Port Dou­glas’s fig­ures dropped, so did the rest.

“It’s clear from the graphs, the fact is it’s a re­gional thing in trop­i­cal North Queens­land rather than Dou­glas and the big­gest in­flu- encer on our ups and downs,” he said.

“Whit­sun­days has gone from much worse times than Port Dou­glas but this time has gone up, ev­ery­one’s gone up in this re­gion, it’s about whether peo­ple want to go to TNQ rather than if they want to go to Dou­glas.”

Port Dou­glas’s room nights oc­cu­pied which to­talled 65,287 is an im­prove­ment from the pre­vi­ous March quar­ter but is still not back to the peak fig­ure in 2004 of 86,738 room nights.

“We have jumped back to 2009 lev­els, which is in the right di­rec­tion but we’ve got a long way to go,” Mr Dobbs said.

“In March ’04 there were 6863 beds and that didn’t change much un­til it hit 7400 un­til ’08 and we should be aim­ing to get back to ’04 lev­els if pos­si­ble, we were there once and with less rooms avail­able.”

Tak­ings also in­creased by 6.8 per cent from the pre­vi­ous year’s March quar­ter, the oc­cu­pancy rate in­creased and peo­ple em­ployed dropped, along with rooms and bed spa­ces.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.