FourFourtwo article Two-day hotel booking is on the rise again, with many more destinations offering cheaper deals than before.
The latest data from hotel bookings website FourFour two shows there has been a huge jump in hotel bookINGS over the past two years, with a whopping 41,000 booking changes since October 2017.
The figures show that in 2019, there were only about a million hotel bookING deals in the world.
That’s an increase of almost 4 per cent on the previous year.
And although the number of bookings has increased, the number that have been cancelled or cancelled and rebooked has also risen, with almost 6 per cent more cancellations than rebookings.
The number of hotel booknings has also jumped in Australia’s major cities, with Sydney seeing the biggest increase, jumping from just under 1 million bookings in 2018 to 2.7 million in 2019.
The figures show Sydney and Melbourne also saw a significant increase in bookings from 2018 to 2019, which was largely driven by the arrival of the Great Barrier Reef.
However, with the introduction of the National Parks Act, the Queensland Government has made it easier for bookings to be cancelled or rebookeds, which means there are more bookings than before, but they are often cancelled and refunded.
The increase in cancellations and rebooks is due to the new National Parks Protection Act, which introduced a new category of ‘protected’ and ‘protected-but-not-for-hire’ facilities, including hotels.
The act also removed the requirement for a licence to operate hotels, but hotels are still required to have an approval certificate from the Queensland Tourism Authority.
Tourism Queensland says this has led to more hotels opening in Queensland, as well as some smaller properties opening in the state.
It said there are now more hotels than before in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, but there are also more hotels in Victoria and Western Australia.
The Queensland Tourism Board said in its own quarterly report that the increase in hotelbookings was a reflection of a strong tourism economy in the State.
“Tourism in Queensland is expected to continue to be strong with our forecasted growth in visitors and businesses over the next three years,” it said.
“There are more hotels now than in any other time in the past 12 years.”