Port Douglas hotel room rates rise while Cairns remains relatively cheap
Port Douglas is the rising star of the hotel industry, recording a $24-a-night increase in room prices, while Cairns has the second-most affordable hotel rooms in Australia.

Port Douglas’s rates rose to an average $200,
up 14 per cent from $176, third behind the Whitsundays ($244) and Sydney
($208), according to the latest Hotels.com Hotel Price Index.

Cairns was second most affordable at an average of $150 after
Launceston ($133).

 Hotels.com regional
director Katherine Cole said with the cost of international travel creeping up
for Australians and prices rising only modestly for hotel rooms nationally,
domestic travel would have increased appeal for Australians for the remainder of
the year as well as provide good value to international visitors.“The
latest HPI data shows that hotels in Australia represent excellent value both
to Australians as well as to foreign travellers,” she said.“While
domestic hotels didn’t see a significant hike in prices, demand from
international visitors and well as locals is on the increase.

Ms Cole said Chinese travellers in particular
were flocking to Australia in record numbers.

Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree executive
officer Tara Bennett said the increase in the average price for a hotel room
was “a positive sign that we are returning to the halcyon days of strong
visitation with a mix of domestic and international visitors”.
“The
future outlook is positive with the refurbishment of the Sheraton Mirage Port
Douglas expected to see competitive rates that provide a good return to the
industry.”









Sheraton sales and marketing director Nathan
Gadd said over the past few months since the start of the hotel’s refurbishment
there had been a 3 per cent increase in the average room rate compared with
last year.
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Cairns region was “demonstrating great value for money for a hotel room and
will continue to do so in the foreseeable future”.
“Demand has been very strong during this period (July-September)
due to the continued weakening of the Australian dollar, the cooler
temperatures in southern states and the impact of the cancelled Bali flights,”
the Shangri-La hotel general manager said.
“The smart traveller will notice a range of attractive deals in
the hotel sector between now and Christmas and should take advantage of this