The Australian Hotels Association says Western Australian hotels continue to offer value for money, despite the fact that a night's lodging in Perth costs more than any other capital city in Australia.
Data released from the Australian Bureau of Statistics today for the March quarter showed statewide average hotel room rates ranged from $120 to $209 per night.
The average price of a hotel room in Perth increased by $2 from the December quarter to $209.33.
In Sydney, the average cost of a night's stay was $203.57, in Melbourne $182.69 and Brisbane $173.49, the ABS said.
AHA WA chief executive Bradley Woods said the data showed a diverse industry in WA, with rates more competitive in the regions.
According to the ABS figures, a night's stay in the South West averaged $156.33, the Coral Coast $150.31, and the North West $180.08.
“There are competitive prices for tourists who book their holiday travel in advance and plan to stay in Perth on the weekends while visiting our extraordinary tourism regions during the week,” Mr Woods said.
“Recent initiatives by local and state governments in Perth and Karratha will result in more hotel rooms becoming available, however, these developments will take time to plan and build.”
His comments follow criticism of Perth as an expensive travel destination.