WARM WELCOME: John and Edna Baxter.
WARM WELCOME: John and Edna Baxter.

Homes go for $250 a night



FRENCHVILLE'S John and Edna Baxter are bucking a trend to cash in on a Beef Australia 2006 accommodation bonanza.

Dozens of people are either renting their homes or a room, with visitors prepared to pay top dollar for a bed in a fully-booked city during expo week.

One two-bedroom home was snapped up at $250 a night.

Like many others, the Baxters have answered a plea from Beef Australia organisers concerned they might have to turn visitors away because of an accommodation shortage. ? The friendly couple yesterday promised a warm, country welcome to guests.

They are charging $80 for a couple to share a double bedroom and will include a homemade breakfast.

"When they (organisers) said they were short of accommodation. We said we would (help),'' Mr Baxter, a tireless volunteer, said.

More than 50,000 people are expected to visit Australia's beef capital for the expo, which runs from May 1-7. With tourism operators already posting the full-house sign, expo organisers appealed for local support.

Nearly 30 homes or rooms were listed yesterday on the Beef Australia website with the more expensive rentals including $250 a night for a two-bedroom townhouse and $1750 a week for a four-bedroom Yeppoon beach house.

While prices varied, many were offering a double room for about $100 a night, which is on a par with what visitors could expect to pay for a hotel room (if available), a tourism spokesman said.

Capricorn Tourism projects manager Luke Edwards said the tourism body was still taking calls from people keen to book accommodation.



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