Late surge lifts Melbourne hotels

Late surge lifts Melbourne hotels
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Nervous Melbourne hoteliers breathed a sigh of relief after a late bookings surge in the second week of the Australia Open Tennis championships pushed up occupancy and rates.

Accor said its properties were 96% full while rates climbed 16% on last year.

The hotel group's regional manager for Victoria, Adrian Williams, said the performance was encouraging after a poor second half of last year.

"Bookings tended the to come very late this year, but the attraction of both the tennis and Melbourne as an event city meant that our hotels filled to capacity," he said. "The economic and political uncertainty did have a dampening effect on the hotel and tourism sector in the second half of 2012, so to have such an encouraging start to 2013 augers well for the whole Melbourne hospitality and tourism industry."

Pictured at the MGallery Como is, from left: Cleo Seaman, general manager; Caroline Wozniacki; Anthony Cartmel and Alexandra Rolton.

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