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Motel drops room charges by $15 to draw in more business

AN EMERALD motel is hoping lower rates will bring in more business as it feels the pinch of the tough economy.

The Mayfair Motel in Emerald is dropping its room rates by $15 and are hoping it'll drum up some more business.

Motel manager Shane Pask said business had been down compared to previous years.

"The economy is tough at the moment; so we're just going to try something new," Mr Pask said.

The motel has been feeling the effects of the downturn in the mining industry.

"The actual work side of things out here has dropped off with the downturn; it used to be consistent but now some weeks are busy and some won't be."

Mr Pask has spoken to a few customers who said they've been waiting for a change with the election as well, which will have an affect on the mining and carbon tax.

"We're very much influenced by the mining industry," Mr Pask said.

While trying to get more business for the motel, Mr Pask is hoping the lower prices will help those travelling or staying in Emerald.

"It's tough economic times at the moment for everyone, so we're trying to help others out in a way as well," he said.

Mr Pask explainedthey would be in a better position if they ran the motel with 100% of rooms booked at a lesser rate, than at a higher rate with only 75% of rooms booked.

Topics:  economy emerald motel



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