The fig­ures tell suc­cess story

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Shane Ni­chols

Room rates in Port Dou­glas are up, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est data. The town has en­joyed a longer peak sea­son plus the lower dol­lar has helped bring more do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors our way.

THE rate for Port Dou­glas ho­tel rooms went up by 3 per cent in 2016 to a new av­er­age price of $205.

It came on the back of a longer than an­tic­i­pated peak sea­son.

In Cairns, the growth was 2 per cent to an av­er­age $153.

Lead­ing the list, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by Ho­tel.com, was the North­ern Ter­ri­tory re­sort, Yu­lara, which went up by 13 per cent to $350, prob­a­bly due to the heavy pro­mo­tion of the North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s Field of Light ex­hi­bi­tion in 2016.

Mel­bourne went back a lit­tle, Bris­bane fell by 7 per cent, and Perth and Dar­win fell a whop­ping 12 and 10 per cent re­spec­tively, and Townsville by 13 per cent to $112.

States ex­posed to the de­clin­ing min­ing boom suf­fered the most.

The cheap­est rooms for Aus­tralians go­ing to pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions were Pat­taya, in Thai­land (down 8 per cent to $67 a night).

Among the premium des­ti­na­tions for Aussies, the most expensive was La­haina (Hawaii) at $384, Mykonos (Greece) at $356, and New York at $345.

Whit­sun­day Is­lands prices re­mained un­changed for over­seas trav­ellers in 2016 at $257 per night.

David Spaso­vic, mar­ket­ing man­ager for the Ho­tels.com brand, said: “Over­all, the Ho­tels.com Ho­tel Price Index data re­veals Aus­tralian hote­liers ex­pe­ri­enced a room boom in 2016 as in­ter­na­tional tourism sky-rock­eted by more than 10 per cent.”

“While cities such as Townsville, Perth and Dar­win ex­pe­ri­enced double-digit per­cent­age de­creases in 2016, prices that may have been orig­i­nally in­flated due to the min­ing boom are now be­gin­ning to bal­ance out as the mar­ket set­tles into its new rhythm.”

Mean­while, new moves are un­der way to slug ho­tel guests with a bed tax in Queens­land to fund a ma­jor over­haul of the state’s tourism in­dus­try.

Picture: LISA LAU­RIN

Hanna and Anna, from Norway, were among thou­sands of vis­i­tors who flocked to the Shire last year

Picture: LISA LAU­RIN

Vis­i­tors in our warm win­ter: Rasa and Mar­ion Ruffieux of France

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