With sprawling views of surrounding mountains, a busy CBD alongside the Brisbane river, multiple cultural and international events happening at any given time and your choice of Brisbane hotels, shops and restaurants ready to serve visitors from all over the globe, I can guarantee Brisbane is a city built for the tourist.
This is why it’s no surprise that in Brisbane we continue to see an increase in the number of visitors we welcome year in and year out, and this year is no exception. In fact, the latest reports from Tours and Events Queensland found that there was a 5.5% increase in visitor numbers over the past year.
But what is surprising, even for someone who has worked in Brisbane’s hospitality industry for a long time now, is the amount of money visitors are willing to spend during their holiday. This amount encompasses their expenditures on Brisbane hotels, attractions, tours, shopping and their culinary adventures.
In this article, we’ll look at the stats on how much visitors to Brisbane are spending, as doing so may help you pick up some tips on how to make the most out of your holiday dollar. And be sure to keep reading, as before I end, I’ll give you a rundown on what to look for when you’re booking Brisbane hotels so you can get the best value for your money.
Report: Visitors Spend Up Big in Brisbane
Here’s what we can learn from the official reports:
- Domestic visitors who stayed overnight in Brisbane spent a total of $3,429.1 million, which went up 6.7% from last year’s values.
- International visitors who also stayed overnight in Brisbane spent up to $1,781.5 million, which rose a big 16.8% from last year.
Putting it all together, do you know that between June 2014 and June 2015, our visitors here in Brisbane spent a whopping total of 5,210.6 million dollars? That’s 9.9% more than what they spent last year, and if we break it down, that’s $60 million per day! Well, that’s definitely great news for our local economy here in Brisbane.
But here’s the deal: since visitors stayed overnight, we can safely say that a large percentage of this amount went straight to booking Brisbane hotels.
So as a visitor, are you really getting your money’s worth?
Being part of Brisbane’s tourism industry, it is my desire that as our guest, you enjoy your stay as much as you possibly can. And one way to ensure that is to make your dollar go further.
The good news is, as an accommodation manager, I can assure you that one aspect of your holiday expenditures where you can easily get fantastic discounts is your accommodation. In other words, if you save on your hotel bookings, just think of all the extra food, shopping, tours, and attractions you can enjoy with the savings!
So how exactly can you save money on accommodation?
How to Get Fantastic Discounts on Brisbane Hotel Bookings
To help you get the most out of your holiday dollar, take note of these tips when you’re booking your Brisbane hotels, and I promise you, you’ll save more than you can imagine.
All you need to do is ask.
A lot of hotels have running promotions and special deals for senior citizens, families traveling together, couples on their honeymoon, frequent fliers and corporate groups. Some Brisbane hotels also strike up partnerships with loyalty programs you might already be a member of. So before you take out your credit card to pay for the quoted rate, first ask for any existing promotions. Trust me, Brisbane hotels don’t widely advertise all their available discounts, so just a single question can save you a lot.
Compare prices first.
Well, there are a lot of accommodation options here in Brisbane, so don’t settle for the first hotel you see. Thankfully, the Internet can help you easily compare different Brisbane hotels. As an added bonus, many hotels give special discounts for online bookings.
Another great way to compare different options is to use hotel booking websites that summarise the best hotels in Brisbane, narrowed down by the specific area you’re eyeing, and display their lowest rates all in one page. But since most of these websites charge additional booking fees, try calling up the hotels directly and try to negotiate for the rate you see on the third-party website.
Set a budget.
Hotels abound in Brisbane; there are 3 star, 4 star and 5 star hotels with a vast range of prices. So if you’re looking around without a budget, it’s easy to overlook how much you really want to allocate for accommodation. One way to ensure you don’t spend too much on your hotels is to set a price range and stay within it.
Maximize the advantage of flexibility.
One major aspect that affects the rise and fall of accommodation prices is demand, which tend to differ based on what time of the year and what days of the week you’re traveling.
If you are planning your holiday early, flexible travel dates will allow you to avoid peak seasons and therefore get cheaper deals. But don’t underestimate the power of flexible travel plans. If you don’t have an existing booking, walking in at the last minute may help you negotiate for a lower rate especially if some of the hotel’s rooms are still empty for the night.
Don’t just stick to Brisbane hotels.
Hotels are not your only option in Brisbane, so make sure you also check out holiday apartments.
And that’s exactly what we have here at Bridgewater Terraces. Our budget-friendly apartments are luxurious, spacious and more affordable. We also offer better deals for families and large groups with our 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom apartments, packaged with a great location and all the features and amenities that will make your stay as convenient and comfortable as possible.
Some travelers think that opting for apartment-type dwellings means you have to forego the usual conveniences that are sought after in Brisbane hotels. But that’s not the case with Bridgewater Terraces.
We have a fantastic location – right at Kangaroo Point near Brisbane’s busy CBD; we have a pool, a spa and even a place where you can have a barbecue at night. You will hardly be missing out, and with our fantastic rates, you’ll even be able to see more of Brisbane during your stay.
So feel free to get in touch with our friendly staff and book with us today!