Hotels boast 'full-house' signs
SOME hotels, resorts and other accommodation houses in the Far North have "full house" signs out for the next two weeks.More than 12 properties are booked out for days at a time in what is traditionally the low season, with discounted room rates at various establishments in Cairns and Port Douglas helping the rush on rooms.
Mantra Group chief executive officer Bob East said theirextensive network of leisure resorts were providing a good snapshot of summerbooking trends.
"Overall our resort network is performing well and given our strong presence in popular Queensland holiday hot spots we are able to really see where and how Australians are making their holiday choices," he said.
He said the Far North had recorded a significant lift in occupancy of 6 per cent in an encouraging trend.
Mantra Trilogy and Mantra Esplanade in Cairns had shown a 4 per cent lift in the RevPar (revenue per available room) rate and were among the region's top performers contributing to an overall 8.2 per cent increase in RevPar for the region.
The Mantra in the Village Port Douglas is sold out from Sunday until January 4, the Mantra Aqueous on Port from December 27 until January 5 and Mantra on the Inlet from December 25 until January 5.
"Tropical north Queensland has done well to increase occupancy over this period to take it into February when Chinese New Year celebrations are really becoming a highlight on the tourism calendar," Mr East said.
Cairns Novotel Oasis general manager James Murphy said he was "very excited" about the summer season.
He said there had been a big increase in demand with bookings for January 13 to 17 per cent up on last year.
Mr Murphy said people were being attracted by the good weatherand that cyclones in the Pacific had deterred people from travelling to that region.
"As well, Far North Queensland is offering exceptional value," he said.
Queensland Hotels Association Far North accommodation division chairman Peter Blackburn said Palm Cove and Port Douglas would do wellwhile in Cairns it would be quieter.
"January will be quieter than last year because the Chinese New Year falls on February next year when it will pick up," he said. Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive officer Rob Giason said that bookings for the festive season were looking strong across the region.
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Relaxed: The Miller-East family holidaying at the Mantra Trilogy in Cairns. India, 4, Susan, Sam, 6, and Will, 9, cooling off in the resort pool. picture: STEWART McLEAN