More beds required in Aussie cities

first_imgThe cancellation of flights caused by last week’s ash clouds has highlighted the need for more accommodation rooms in major cities across Australia, according to Accommodation Association of Australia (AAA) chief executive Lorraine Duffy. Beds in major Australian cities were stretched last week The AAA boss warned however, that any increase in room supply should not compromise the already stretched margins of existing operators.”As far as room rates are concerned, Australians have become accustomed to expecting discounted tourism accommodation,” Ms Duffy said, adding that the unavailability of rooms last week had meant discounted rooms had already been snapped up.”But many accommodation businesses have suffered as a result of the flight disruptions – conference business and regional leisure tourism have been hit hard yet again.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H “The shortage of accommodation in major Australian cities where flights were cancelled due to the volcanic ash cloud further highlights the importance of achieving Tourism Australia’s goal of at least 40,000 new accommodation rooms by 2020,” Ms Duffy said in a statement.last_img

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