Perth hotels better value than Sydney

Perth hotels have become better value than those in Sydney, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics annual survey of Tourist Accommodation released today. In 2013-14, the Perth tourism region had some of the highest room rates in Australia with an average room rate of $199 compared with Sydney’s $193. By 2015-16, Perth room rates had become a competitive $188 compared with Sydney’s $203.

The survey measures room rates and occupancy for all hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 rooms or more in Australia.

The latest ABS data also showed a 9% increase in accommodation establishments over the past two financial years rising from 125 to 136 establishments and an additional 580 rooms.

“Perth hotels are more competitive these days," said Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

“Perth has more than 580 additional rooms, with another 1,880 under construction.

“We suffered from hotel shortages during the resources boom. Now we have more new rooms, refurbished rooms and better value rooms than ever before.

“Cities like Sydney have seen big increases in hotel room rates while Perth is becoming more and more competitive."

However, Mr Hall said that building more rooms was not enough. Perth needed to be marketed as a holiday, events and study destination to fill the rooms and create jobs.

“The tourism industry is calling on the major parties to commit an additional $20 million per annum for destination marketing and events to create 4,100 new jobs in WA,” he said.

“With our new hotel rooms we can win back leisure tourists and create jobs. However, the industry needs consistent and predictable state investment in marketing and events to help put bums in beds."