Accor official: Rooms are 'plentiful, inexpensive' in Sydney

SYDNEY, Australia -- Accor Asia Pacific, Australia's largest hotel company, said there will be plenty of rooms available at reasonable rates leading up to the Olympic Games in September.

"Some inbound operators have been concerned that Sydney will be a difficult city to send their clients to in 2000, but this is definitely not the case," Michael Issenberg, Accor's managing director for Australia and New Zealand, said.

Issenberg was responding to concerns that were raised by tour operators about rising prices and limited hotel space in Sydney and other cities throughout 2000 because of the Olympics.

"We continue to stress the point that only during the games will there be major pressure on hotel room availability," said Issenberg.

"The outlook for the rest of the year is that accommodations will be plentiful and inexpensive."

A total of 4,000 additional hotel rooms are due to come on line early this year, bringing the total number of rooms in Sydney and its vicinity to around 45,000, he said.

Accor will have 16 hotels in operation in Sydney by the opening of the Olympic Games, including the new Novotel and Ibis hotel complex, with a total of 318 rooms situated in the heart of the Olympic Village at Homebush Bay.

"Compared to other cities such as New York, London and Paris where a three-star room costs upward of $300, here in Sydney a comparable room costs less than half of that, and in some cases, a four-star property in Sydney may be available at that rate," Issenberg said.

He added that Accor expects major increases in demand for hotels and resorts in Cairns, Darwin and Melbourne during 2000, since many visitors to Sydney will take the opportunity to visit other parts of the country either before, during or after the Olympics.

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