Top hotels are on the rise

There has been a general trend towards providing four and five star accommodation according to new data compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

At the same time, the provision of one and two star rooms has been in decline over the last year. This has been caused by an increase in demand for quality accommodation.

During the March quarter 1999 the total guest nights, which refers to the total number of paying guests counted on each night they stay at the establishment, was 607,000 in WA for four and five star rooms.

This is up 45 per cent on the previous 1998 March quarter, even though the total number of guest nights for all establishments remained unchanged from the 1998 March quarter.

A year ago there were only 23 four and five star establishments in WA. This year there are 55 – employing an extra 1,052 people.

At the same time, there are now only thirty-nine one and two star establishments in WA. This is down by twenty-nine establishments from a year ago as owners move to upgrade their properties and capture the change in demand.

The increase in four and five-star establishments has given guests greater choice, made rooms more affordable and increased the competitiveness in the industry.

This is reflected in the decline in average takings per room per night – down from $112.70 a year ago to $100.40 currently.

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