Mayor Phil Goff Mayor Phil Goff Courtesy of Mayor Phill Goff's Facebook page

Auckland’s Mayor Phil Goff has recently justified his revised targeted rate proposal by accusing hotels of exploiting participants in the World Masters Games.

But according to Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s chief executive Chris Roberts, the Mayor should stick to the facts, and start working with the accommodation sector.

‘The Mayor continues to make wild claims that are not based on the facts,’ he says.

TIA member hotels in Auckland had an average occupancy rate in April of 88%, identical to the same month a year ago.

However, Auckland hotel occupancy and room rates in April both declined from the previous month.

Roberts says that in March 2017, the occupancy level was 94% with an average room rate of $232. In April 2017, the occupancy level was 88% and the average room rate fell to $207. 

‘In other words, hotels made better returns in March, before the Games, than they did in April with the Games.’



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