Quest Apartment Hotels reports it is picking up plenty of rural business
Quest rural properties were reporting occupancies of 50-60%
Occupancies in Quest’s 140 city and rural properties, averaging c. 35%
Demand particularly in regional WA & NSW
Hotels around the country are shutting, however Quest Apartment Hotels reports it is picking up plenty of rural business during the coronavirus pandemic, particularly in WA and the regional NSW towns of Goulburn, Orange and Tamworth. Occupancies in Quest’s 140 city and rural properties, encompassing about 11,000 rooms in Australia, are averaging around 35%. Quest chief operating officer David Mansfield said some of its rural properties were reporting occupancies of 50-60%, although still well below normal levels.
“There’s a real need to put families into serviced apartments for voluntary isolation, or executives need serviced apartments, particularly in rural areas as their company has relocated them from a mine, for instance,” Mr Mansfield said, adding that about 42% of Quest properties were in regional areas.