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Mines boosting occupancy of motels in Rockhampton region

Manager of the Ambassador Motel on Yaamba Road with the no vacancy sign out. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Manager of the Ambassador Motel on Yaamba Road with the no vacancy sign out. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

THE Ambassador Motel and licensed restaurant is just one of many accommodation houses across the region enjoying a "bumper'' run.

Owner David Rosenberg has had the motel for the past nine years and 2013 was his "best yet''.

"It has been a bumper season for us," he said.

"Our occupancy rate is presently at 78% - it's been that way all year.

"And I put that down to the fact that there has been no natural disasters, the roads are open and tourists are happy to be visiting the region again."

Traditionally at this time of year Mr Rosenberg said business was usually fairly quiet.

"We have had a lot of tourists come and stay with us as well as families with children on school holidays from other regions so it has been really positive," Mr Rosenberg said.

Central Queensland's mining-heavy region recorded the best occupancy rates in hotels, motels and serviced apartments of all regional areas in the state in the September quarter last year.

Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics last week reveals Mackay had the top occupancy rate of all regional Queensland destinations, with 78.6% of all rooms booked out during the quarter.

But the mining-heavy coastal city was only beaten by Brisbane, which had 81% of all rooms booked during the September quarter last year.

Close on Mackay's coat-tails was the wider Central Queensland - including Rockhampton and surrounds - with occupancy of 72.3%.

Other regions with a high occupancy rate over the period included the northern and far north regions, with occupancy rates of 71% and 72.5%, respectively.

At the Sunshine Coast, the occupancy hit 58.6% for the quarter, but was surpassed by its southern tourism competitor the Gold Coast, with a 69.4% rate of occupancy.

Other coastal destinations included Bundaberg, with an occupancy rate of 64.2%, the Fraser Coast at 53.2% and the Whitsundays, at 59.1%.

Inland, the stand-out region was the Darling Downs, with 69.2% of all rooms booked out during the September quarter, while the far inland "outback" region had 70.2% of all rooms booked out.

Overall, Queensland rooms in 72.3% of hotels and resorts were booked out; and 70.4% of motels and serviced apartments were booked out in the quarter.

The average state-wide quarterly occupancy rate was 71% between the start of July and end of September last year.

TOURISM OCCUPANCY

Brisbane: 81%

Mackay: 78.6%

Tropical North

Qld: 72.5%

Central Qld: 72.3%

North Qld: 71%

Queensland: 71%

Outback Qld: 70.2%

Gold Coast: 69.4%

Darling

Downs: 69.2%

Bundaberg: 64.2%

Whitsundays: 59.1%

Sunshine

Coast: 58.6%

Fraser Coast: 53.2%

Source: ABS, September quarter, 2012.

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