Room nights show growth
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.