Slowdown in mining industry causes occupancy decline

THE slowdown in the mining industry was a likely factor in falling demand for short-term accommodation across the nation's big resources hotspots, an industry indicator has revealed.

The latest Tourism and Transport Forum national accommodation barometer shows falls in occupancy rates across Mackay and Gladstone in Central Queensland.

The indicator also found revenue per available room (RevPAR) in the mining regions fell 10% in the past quarter, down 7.1% compared to the same period last year.

TTF acting chief executive Trent Zimmerman said it pointed to a mining industry looking to rein in expenditure.

"RevPAR has fallen 19.5% in Mackay where room rates have dropped 7.9% even though room stock has also declined," he said.

"It will be important to ensure there are demand drivers in place in locations like Mackay to ensure these accommodation providers are sustainable after the mining boom subsides, otherwise the jobs they support will be at risk."

However, beachside destinations saw an upsurge in occupancy rates in the December quarter, rising 2.6%, driving RevPAR up 11.3% in the three months to December.

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