Ho­tel $’s in­crease

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE aver­age ho­tel price in Port Dou­glas is up 5 per cent to $177 per night, $6 above the national aver­age, ac­cord­ing to Ho­tels.com’s lat­est Ho­tel Price In­dex.

The town is back on the list of top 10 des­ti­na­tions for over­seas vis­i­tors to Aus­tralia on Ho­tels.com af­ter slip­ping off last year.

The Sun­shine State dom­i­nates the top 10 best-value do­mes­tic des­ti­na­tions with Cairns ($132), Townsville ($151) and the Gold Coast ($158) all fea­tur­ing on the list.

Ho­tel prices across Aus­tralia’s cap­i­tal cities vary. Perth is the most ex­pen­sive cap­i­tal city at $200 per night, de­spite a drop of 5% as a re­sult of the slow­down in the min­ing boom. Prices in Syd­ney are up 9 per cent to $190 per night as are Melbourne prices, which are up 4 per cent to aver­age $163 per night.

Spokesper­son Kather­ine Cole, said: ‘‘The lat­est Ho­tel Price In­dex high­lights how af­ford­able a hol­i­day on home soil can be. Whether it’s a beach or city get­away, there are a num­ber of top- notch des­ti­na­tions across Aus­tralia where trav­ellers can get a great deal on ac­com­mo­da­tion.’’

Trop­i­cal North Queens­land is Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lar re­gional hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion af­ter 709,000 in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors flocked to re­gion in the year to June 30.

In­ter­na­tional trav­ellers to the trop­ics in­creased by 15 per cent in 2012-13 which trans­lated to $885 mil­lion spent in the north­ern re­gion.

The fig­ures had out­stripped tourism growth in Queens­land and Aus­tralia, Tourism Trop­i­cal North Queens­land CEO Rob Gi­a­son said.

‘‘Our re­gion far out­stripped Bris­bane’s 10 per cent growth and Syd­ney’s 6 per cent growth en­sur­ing we can con­tinue to claim the ti­tle of the No. 1 des­ti­na­tion in Queens­land for hol­i­day vis­i­tors as well as Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lar re­gional hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion,’’ he said. ‘‘This is very ex­cit­ing be­cause it’s start­ing to be a trend, rather than a blip.’’

Mr Gi­a­son said there is a lot more work to do to keep the mar­kets grow­ing, es­pe­cially strong growth mar­kets China and Ger­many.

‘‘We have to keep in­vest­ing . . . and we want to keep pre­sent­ing our prod­uct in new and in­no­va­tive ways - pro­mot­ing the wow fac­tor,‘‘ he said.

National in­dus­try body Tourism and Trans­port Fo­rum chief ex­ec­u­tive Ken Mor­ri­son said the fig­ures were promis­ing con­sid­er­ing the global eco­nomic con­di­tions in the past year.

‘‘The big­gest in­crease has been in hol­i­day vis­i­tors, with ar­rivals up 6.5 per cent (na­tion­ally), vis­i­tor nights up 15.4 per cent and spend­ing up 9.8 per cent,’’ he said.

‘‘The num­ber of peo­ple trav­el­ling glob­ally is grow­ing strongly ev­ery year - es­pe­cially out of Asia - and Aus­tralia needs to make sure we cap­ture more of this ex­pand­ing mar­ket.’’

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