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HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION – NO NEED

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The Mackay Whitsunday Regional Tourism Investment and Infrastructure Plan has examined visitor demand projections for the year 2016 and considered them against the number of rooms projected to be available in that year.

This Plan states the total rooms available by 2016 will amount to 7,480.

Therefore based on TQ/TW data,

  • by 2016 the annual room-nights available in the Whitsundays will be 2,730,200

  • projected annual room nights will ONLY BE 1,911,255.

Therefore if all development approved and planned as at 2005 goes ahead

  • there will be an oversupply of accommodation to the tune of a whopping

818,945 room-nights!

The Plan goes on to say

  • a further 74,300 visitors would be required, beyond those forecast, in 2016 to achieve a 70% average annual occupancy levels in all commercial accommodation.

These figures are based on development approvals as at 2005.

While it is unlikely that the forecasts re room nights required will have increased, given no appreciable movement upward in the market, it is, however, quite likely that since 2005 significantly more planned accommodation (and hence room nights) has been added to those included in the figures above.

This would suggest the likelihood of an even greater oversupply of room-nights by 2016 than the 818,945 estimated.

An excerpt from a presentation prepared and delivered by Shutehaven Residents Assn September 2007

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