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AHA says WA room rates remain ‘competitive’

Geographe Bay, Western Australia

According to the latest release of hotel occupancy rates by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Australian Hotels Association (AHA) WA industry data, Western Australia’s hotels continue to offer visitors value for money with statewide average room rates ranging from AUD$120 to AUD$209 per night.

AHA WA CEO Bradley Woods said the latest ABS data on average hotel room rates shows a diverse industry in Western Australia with average rates steady in the metropolitan area, and competitive rates in the regions.

“In the March 2012 quarter the average price of a hotel room in Perth is $209.33 per night, an increase of less than $2 from the December 2011 quarter,” Woods said.

“In the regions average room rates are competitive with what tourists would find elsewhere.

“According to the latest release of occupancy rates by the ABS, Perth appears to maintain a high occupancy rate of 86.5%, however our data shows a difference in occupancy rates when comparing Monday through Thursday, when it is difficult to find rooms available, with the weekends when business travelers return home.

Average WA hotel room rates per night, March Quarter 2012
Region/Average rate
Experience Perth – $209.33
Golden Outback – $120.69
South West – $156.33
North West – $180.08
Coral Coast – $150.31
Western Australia (statewide) – $188.03
*Source: ABS tourism accommodation, small area data WA March 2012

“According to the ABS, the Coral Coast recorded the highest occupancy rate in regional WA with 59.6%; the South West was second with an occupancy rate of 58.8%. The Golden Outback and North West recorded occupancy rates of 58.4% and 51.1% respectively. 

“There are competitive prices for tourists who book their holiday travel in advance and plan to stay in Perth on the weekends while visiting our extraordinary tourism regions during the week.

“Recent initiatives by Local and State Governments in Perth and the Karratha will result in more hotel rooms becoming available however these developments will take time to plan and build,” Woods said.

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