In a bid to reduce the number of people sleeping on the street, Australia’s top hotel chains have agreed to increase their occupancy rates, according to the ABC.
The industry body, the Royal Australian Hotel & Resort Council (RASH), is also urging owners of hotel properties to sell off their unused rooms to help people sleep in their hotels.
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The RASH is the industry body for Australia’s most popular hotel chains.
They are the world’s biggest hotel and hostel operators, with more than a billion people visiting their properties each year.
It is estimated that each of these properties holds up to 2.6 million rooms.
There are currently more than 400 hotels in Melbourne, and more than 300 in Sydney.
The RAS has long argued that occupancy rates are high in the summer months, when people tend to be more susceptible to diseases.
This means that they can be less productive and the industry is more expensive to run.
The latest occupancy figures for the RASH, published on Thursday, show that occupancy rose by 0.8 per cent in the past year to 3.8 million rooms, a rise of 1.3 per cent from the previous year.
This compares to a 2.9 per cent rise in the year to April 2016.
However, there was a drop of 0.5 per cent for the occupancy rate at the weekend.
In contrast, the occupancy rose for the week ending September 27, the same week the RAS released its quarterly occupancy figures.
The occupancy rate fell by 0,2 per cent at the end of September.
This meant that the hotel occupancy rate for the past month was 4.9 million rooms for the year, down by 0 of 1 per cent.
The figures also show a slight drop in hotel occupancy during the second quarter of 2018, with occupancy at the RAs properties at the time falling by 0 per cent, from 5.1 million rooms to 5.3 million.
In the meantime, there is a clear rise in demand for rooms.
In a recent analysis by the University of Melbourne, occupancy rates at the major hotel chains across Australia, including the RASC, fell to 7.4 per cent last year.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has estimated that Australians spend about $7.5 billion a year on accommodation and accommodation-related expenses, which is an increase of 1,000 per cent over the past five years.
This includes room and board, meals, car parking and transportation.