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Market breeds competition

WHILE WA rates second as the most popular tourist destination for Australians next to Queensland, competition remains fierce between industry players vying for the tourist dollar.

Last year’s spate of new redevelopments and upgrades has lessened – but only slightly.

The 1999 RAC Touring and Accommodation Guide showed the number of three, four and five-star rooms in Perth, including suites and serviced apartments, totalled 6,919. As relatively few rooms are single, the city can accommodate around 12,000 people.

This month’s figures show WA’s 380 plus hotels offer over 17,000 guest rooms.

Recent additions to the Perth market include the now completed Chifley on the Terrace and the upgraded Saville Park Suites Hotel.

An Australian Hotels Association spokesman said hotels

contributed more than $170

million to government coffers.

“Expenditure at hotels is around $1.3 billion per annum in Australia directly employing more than 15,000 people,” he said.

“Of the 212 conventions held in Perth last year, 70 per cent were held in hotels.”

WA’s proposed Convention and Exhibition Centre is expected to further increase the number of new hotels in Perth.

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