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Experts See Counter-Cyclical Hotel Investment Opportunities in Brisbane and Perth


Australia’s strong performing hotel sector, particularly in markets such as Sydney and Melbourne, has helped underpin greater investment interest in locations including Brisbane and Perth. In their Hotel Market Report for February 2018, Savills reports that these cities have been running counter-cyclical to Sydney for the past five or six years and this trend is set to continue.

Brisbane is likely to benefit from the Commonwealth Games and activities associated with the Queens Wharf development, in addition to various significant public infrastructure projects and large scale private developments. Similarly, Perth has additional supply still to enter an already soft market, which in the short-term will lead to further downward pressure on both occupancy and room rates. Likewise, this should give rise to buying opportunities for well capitalised counter-cyclical investors.

Queens Wharf, Brisbane, Queensland

According to CBRE, both markets are set to benefit from the rebound in resource prices, which will flow through to both local economies and likely to generate significant white collar employment growth. As a result, Brisbane and Perth are predicted to come more under the radar in 2018 as these markets become increasingly viewed as a favourable long-term investment hold strategy.

Tourism Western Australia has released a report on the performance of Perth CBD hotels, in addition to an overview of hotel developments in the pipeline. Tourism and Events Queensland also publish regular statistics on the performance of Queensland accommodation establishments with 10 or more rooms.