Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)
Worst Is over for Our Hotels, Motels
NEW figures that show Fraser Coast hotels and motels struggled to fill rooms for much of 2012 will not be repeated this year, a leading tourism operator has said.
The latest accommodation data released by Australian Bureau of Statistics showed the Fraser Coast had a room occupancy rate of 53% from July-September 2012, the lowest across the state.
The Fraser Coast also had the lowest occupancy rates in Queensland in the previous quarter at only 43%.
Emeraldene Inn and Eco-Lodge owner Mr Lennon said the low occupancy was not an ongoing trend, with the summer months proving to be a big boost for most accommodation businesses.
aDecember was our best month on record, ever,a he said.
aThe October, November, December quarter has just been a cracker for everyone.a
Mr Lennon said the outlook for the Fraser Coast industry was positive going into 2013, despite the figures showing a drop in takings year on year.
aWe are seeing a big growth in that drive visitation,a he said. …