More vacant rooms as mining boom slows

The slowing mining industry is being blamed for a falling demand in short-term accommodation in Queensland with some areas seeing a 19.4% revenue fall.

The most recent Tourism and Transport Forum national accommodation barometer has shown falls in occupancy rates across Gladstone, Mackay and in Central Queensland.

It also found revenue per available room (RePAR) in some mining regions fell 10% in the last quarter, a decrease of 7.1%, Sunshine Coast Daily.

Acting chief of TTF Trent Zimmerman said the trend was an example of the mining industry cutting costs.

"RevPAR has fallen 19.5% in Mackay where room rates have dropped 7.9% even though room stock has also declined," he said.

"It will be important to ensure there are demand drivers in place in locations like Mackay to ensure these accommodation providers are sustainable after the mining boom subsides, otherwise the jobs they support will be at risk."


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