Hotel $’s increase
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.’’