Wide Open Road, northwest NSW 208 x 147THE early Easter break didn’t help regional Australian tourism operators with 47% of Hotel Motel & Accommodation Association (HMAA) members reporting lower occupancy than 2009. Almost 60% of respondents were regional owner/operators. HMAA Chief Executive, Lorraine Duffy said governments should do more to promote short regional breaks.

Meanwhile, Accor Australia CEO Simon McGrath said “Easter was ok, a little better than last year”. McGrath said RevPAR was up across the 150 hotel group by 8% in February, 6% in March while April is on track for a 5% to 6% result. Demand remains the primary driver but rates are on the way back, he said.

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