Oct 2, 2001, 12:01 AM
News Code: 9030818
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rates room cut may hotels Australian Major to forced be could hotels Major -- Pulse IRNA-Asia 2, Oct Sydney, industry tourism domestic the in downturn the if rates room discount .weeks few next the within improve not does Richard director executive (AHA) Association Hotels Australian global and Ansett of collapse the by hit been had hotels said Mulcahy .companies US-based by bans travel postponement the by Queensland in compounded been had situation The .Meeting Government of Heads Commonwealth the of five-star and four the in felt being are impacts severe most The" they're reported have chains the of Many .industry the of sector .said Mulcahy "events, these from hit severe a quite taking would hotels significantly, improved rates occupancy unless said He .rates room lower to forced be it before away weeks it's think I .now happening to close It's" to anxious desperately we're reason that for and widespread, becomes ".normal to back get flights see entire the prices, their decreased hotels five-star and four If .affected be would sector three-star or two for returns satisfactory less see You'll" commanding not are them above hotels grade higher the because hotels .said Mulcahy "rates, higher and four indicate overnight AHA the by compiled Figures Melbourne, Sydney, particularly - capitals the in hotels five-star .affected worst the are - Perth and Adelaide .down cent per 20 and 10 between typically are properties Sydney" "hit, severely more even are airports the of vicinity the in Hotels .said Mulcahy Cairns but Coast, Gold the on falls pronounced (been have There)" .expected as bad as hit not were Springs Alice and order the in down is Tasmania cent, per 10 least at down is Darwin" per 50 about down is metropolitan Australia Western cent, per 30 of .said Mulcahy "cent, freezes implemented had also chains hotel larger the of number A .staff new hiring on that taken have that groupings hotel significant some are There" Mulcahy "hotels, two or one talking not are we and already, decision .said but levels, staff current maintaining of ways out working They're" job see to going are we likely it's turnaround a not is there if ".losses .resort last a remained still discounting However, as investment on return maintain to attempt will hotels think I" it's then totally collapses situation the if but can, they best .said Mulcahy "go, will rates where to as guess anyone's with weekend, the at Ansett of relaunch partial the said AHA The immediate any had not had Melbourne, and Sydney between services .sector hotel the for benefits the as but negligible, be to appear moment the at effects The" encourage will it hope (I) further, extend to begins network Ansett ".again Australia around moving begin to people .Ansett with war price a started already had Qantas said He more become to going again are airfares suddenly mean will It" in them denied were who travellers leisure and tourists to accessible were who travellers, business hopefully and weeks, three last the a get can't just you believe they because flying from discouraged .said he "booking, PULSE-BG/RR ASIA End