Why is accommodation in Australia so expensive?
This week Sydney plays host to Australian Tourism Exchange, an enormous industry conference organised by Tourism Australia.
Thousands of tourism operators are in town trying to figure out how to increase their sales.
Here’s a tip: DROP YOUR PRICES!
Consider this: You are thinking of going on holidays. You start Googling. Lots of packages pop up for Fiji, Thailand, Bali and New Zealand. For about $2000, you can score return international flights and 6 nights twin share resort accommodation, breakfast daily and airport transfers. The resort has a spa, free wi-fi and access to local activities.
Then you decide to look into what you can get in Australia.
Anything halfway decent costs about $300 per night.
You do the math.
You buy the neatly packaged up international trip because, in addition to a really relaxing holiday, you get the kudos of travelling overseas.
The problem is this: A lot of us will never see Australia.
I have never been to Western Australia, Northern Territory or Tasmania simply because it’s only a few more hours to fly to Bali or New Zealand and it costs roughly the same amount for fly/stay packages.
I love this sunburnt country. I just wish it wasn’t so damn expensive.
What do you think? Is Australian accommodation completely overpriced?