Strong regional tourism with the boom in reservations and the list of hotels

  • Quality Hotel Lighthouse in Bunbury listed
  • Choice Hotels Asia Pacific reported higher occupancy than pre-pandemic levels
  • Demand is expected to hold until the end of the year

The regional hotel sector is doing admirably well as travel continues to pick up.

Choice Hotels Asia Pacific reported an increase in bookings and loyalty program members for the second quarter, and CBRE listed a hotel in Bunbury following the recent opening of Busselton-Margaret River Airport.

Bookings above pre-pandemic levels

Choice Hotels reported a major increase in bookings, with the company reporting for the second quarter of 2022 that its direct online bookings were up 38% over the same period in 2021 and 155% over the same period in 2019.

Choice Hotels Asia-Pac CEO Trent Fraser said the traditional seasonal downturn over the winter months hasn’t happened this year. Bookings through July and August showed no signs of slowing down, he said.

“Australian second quarter occupancy rates are 15 percentage points higher than 2019 levels. This is a significant gain from pre-pandemic business conditions and bucks early winter downturns. known in the past. »

Trent Fraser, CEO of Choice Hotels Asia-Pacific

“Choice Hotels Asia-Pac properties in New Zealand have been slower to return to normal, with occupancy levels returning to just above pre-pandemic levels during the second quarter,” it said. -he declares.

One of the factors driving occupancy in urban metro markets is the construction boom, providing a steady stream of blue-collar bookings looking for apartment accommodation while commuting to work.

“Our Quality and Comfort brands are a perfect fit for this market, offering space to work and relax, with superb locations that allow customers easy access to workplaces and a range of dining options. Having access to kitchen facilities is important for this group that works away from home,” Fraser said.

The company also saw the loyalty program reach 500,000 members, with 25,000 new members joining in the year to June.

Bunbury Lighthouse Beach Hotel

Formerly known as Lighthouse Beach Resort, the Quality Hotel Lighthouse in Bunbury has been listed by CBRE. The hotel is located approximately one hour north of the new Busselton-Margaret River Airport.

Situated on a one-acre site in Bunbury, the 71-suite hotel includes functional facilities, an indoor swimming pool, sauna and spa, guest laundry, restaurant and bar.

“A new owner could easily integrate this property into their existing portfolio and continue to operate under existing long-term management, or an experienced owner-operator could take a more hands-on approach and maximize future profitability,” said CBRE’s Ryan McGinnity.

“With the added benefit of recent extensive refurbishments including reception, reception facilities, restaurant and bar and 65 of the 71 bedrooms, leaving little to no capital outlay required for new ownership.”

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