Regional Hotels Hold Up

Quest Apartment ­Hotels reports it is picking up plenty of rural business


Key points:

  • 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.

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