More vacant rooms last year but revenue up a bit

FRASER Coast accommodation providers took in an estimated $36 million last year but there were still more empty rooms than in the previous year.

Figures released by Tourism Queensland this week show the Fraser Coast's hotel and resort rooms, apartments and motel rooms were occupied at a rate of 47.5% last year, showing no change from 2011.

However, the number of nights rooms were occupied came to 304,895, a drop of 3.2% on the previous year.

Despite the decrease, the region's $36 million in takings represented a 1.3% growth in revenue.

Serviced apartments were the strongest accommodation provider for the Fraser Coast, with takings growing by 4.5%. The average nightly room rate in Fraser Coast for 2012 was $116.55.

Neighbouring region Bundaberg took in $22 million, which was a growth of 4.5%.

The report said a preference for tourists to travel on shorter trips in their own states allowed people to spend more money on accommodation.



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