More rooms are needed to handle growing demand in Sydney and Perth, according to industry leaders after new data found occupancy levels in both cities sitting above 85 percent.
According to the December Quarter 2011 Survey of Tourist Accommodation, occupancy in Sydney was sitting at 86.3 percent for the quarter while Perth saw its rooms filled to 85.6 percent.
Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) chief executive John Lee said while figures showed a need for more rooms, initiatives to meet demand and targets should be delivered in a measured fashion that ensures sustainable returns.
"This will, in turn, encourage further investment in tourism accommodation that will support growth in the visitor economy and create job opportunities across Australia, Mr Lee said.
While the need for accommodation grows, Mr Lee did note that the Western Australian government had recently introduced new reforms to foster tourism while NSW was looking at initiatives to release heritage buildings for tourism use.
Earlier this month, Mr Lee shifted his focus from hospitality into aviation, describing the UK Air Passenger Duty tax as an unfair penalty on tourism for British travellers.
He explained the increase from Ł85 for each economy class passenger to Ł92 was likely to hurt travel from the UK into Australia and New Zealand.
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Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J