Hotels report bumpy April as corporate slips

Hotels report bumpy April as corporate slips
By admin


Australian hotels are getting set for a bumpy ride this April as solid leisure bookings over the Easter holidays are tempered by a downturn in business travel.

Accor chief operating officer Simon McGrath confirmed that April was “softer than usual” as the spread of bank holidays over several weeks of the month disrupted corporate bookings.
Last year, disruptions had been minimised by Easter and Anzac Day both falling in the same week.
“With Easter, the school holidays and ANZAC Day it means a very disjointed month for corporate travel and business events,” McGrath told Travel Today.
However, he reported strong leisure bookings in metropolitan areas as holiday activities such as Sydney’s Royal Easter Show acted as drawcards.
“We have put into market a number of targeted leisure promotions aimed at replacing the corporate market with leisure business during April and so far these have been successful in boosting occupancy in most major centres,” he said.
Mantra Group chief executive Bob East also admitted growth over the period was “not miraculous”, with April expected to finish $1.5 million up on last year, compared with around $2 million year on year growth during recent months.
“CBD bookings are dragging things back,” he told Travel Today.
However, the month’s decline had been offset by robust bookings at its resort properties, with people opting for local holidays over the shorter break.
“We don’t have that same struggle with outbound over Easter,” he said.
The group’s Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast properties were among those expected to benefit, with occupancies set to exceed 90%.
“There are still rooms available, but it’s getting tight,” he said.

Latest News

  • Cruise
  • News

MSC builds new hospital ship with Mercy Ships

Cruise line MSC has joined forces with Mercy Ships International, through the MSC Foundation and the MSC Group, to build a new hospital ship.  The new purpose-built hospital ship will expand the impact of Mercy Ships’ life-changing surgeries, anaesthetic care and surgical education for future generations of patients and healthcare professionals in sub-Saharan Africa. Chairman […]

  • Aviation

FLIGHT REVIEW: The Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner business class

There are only a few airlines that make you feel right at home as soon as you board and fewer safety videos that leave you with a proud tear in your eye. Call it clever branding, but it really hits home! Highlighting the talented Qantas employees around the world all while promoting their broad international […]

  • News
  • Technology
  • Travel Agents

Traveltek offers travel agents new rapid deploy cruise website

Traveltek has developed an affordable and convenient solution for cruise booking websites, tailored to meet the needs of travel agents. Created with Digitaltravel.io, the easy-to-deploy, customer-facing ‘out of the box’ cruise solution is available as a fully bookable website or a search-only widget and is designed for small businesses with a specific focus on growing […]

  • Tour Operators
  • Travel Weekly TV

What sets Eclipse Travel apart with Africa expert Hilary Dubyk: Travel Weekly TV

Join Hilary and Nancy on the couch in the weeks episode and learn a little more about why Hilary loves ‘the Mother Continent’ so much and why she thinks the expedition cruise space is one of the most exciting to watch in 2024. Hilary is an absolute Africa specialist who has found a home in […]

  • Destinations
  • Tourism

Surge in Australians visiting Japan

The number of Australians visiting Japan in the first quarter of 2024 increased by 46.3% compared to the same period in 2019, new data released by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) shows. Visitor numbers in March alone were up a staggering 87.4% compared to March 2019. “These figures are fantastic to see and confirm what […]

  • Cruise
  • Luxury
  • News

Seabourn announces Western Kimberley Traditional Owners as Godparents of Seabourn Pursuit

Seabourn has named Western Kimberley Traditional Owners, the Wunambal Gaambera, as Godparents of the ultra-luxury purpose-built Seabourn Pursuit. It is the first cruise line to appoint Traditional Owners as godparents of a ship. Seabourn Pursuit embarks on its inaugural season in the Kimberley region this June. The naming ceremony will take place on Seabourn Pursuit’s […]

  • Luxury

Malolo Island Resort opens brand new Spa

Fiji’s Malolo Island has added another string to its bow – opening its $1.3 million day spa on Thursday, 18th April 2024. (Lead Image: matriarch Rosie Whitton with spa staff) Located at the edge of the resort’s luscious patch of tropical rainforest, the new “Leilani’s Spa” adds another level of elevated experiences to Malolo’s already […]