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ACT hotel occupancy dips to four-year low

Canberra’s hotels, motels and serviced apartments were at their emptiest in more than four years at the end of 2012, but still brought more than $55 million in takings to the capital over a quarter, according to the latest report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Seasonally adjusted occupancy rates for the December 2012 quarter were at 67.8 per cent for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms.

The last time occupancy rates were that low was the September quarter in 2008, according to the ABS statistics.

In original figures, occupancy rates were at their lowest in the month of December, with 87,667 nights across all rooms, or a 56.6 per cent occupancy rate, compare to more than 105,000 room-nights in November and 108,000 in October.

Visitors stayed an average of 2.2 days in the capital’s hotels over the quarter.

Despite the lower occupancy rates, seasonally adjusted takings from accommodation were reported to be more than $55 million for the December 2012 quarter.