The Christmas holiday season is a popular time for people to stay overnight in Sydney to avoid driving home after festive celebrations, or to accommodate visiting relatives and friends in city accommodation – but many people leave it too late to book, a leading Australian hotel chain has warned.
George Bedwani, COO of Australian hotel chain Metro Hotels, said accommodation in Sydney is already booking fast for the Christmas and New Year period, and people planning celebrations in the city during this period should consider booking now to avoid disappointment.
“It is important to remember also that if you book early and you will save on hotel rates as leaving it until the last minute, occupancy will rise and premium rates will apply.
“Our experience is that the global financial crisis has not impacted bookings for this period at all and accommodation in Sydney will be heavily booked for December and January. If people already know the date of their office Christmas party or want to spend New Year’s Eve in Sydney, now is the time to book accommodation.”
Mr Bedwani said New Year’s Eve in Sydney continues to be an international highlight, with Sydney City Council ensuring each year was uniquely themed to ensure crowds continued to congregate around the harbour to enjoy the spectacular fireworks and other festivities on offer.
He said rooms were still available for New Year’s Eve for people keen to make the most of the celebrations, or to show visitors one of the best celebrations anywhere in the world.
Metro Hotels has a number of hotels and apartments in Sydney city. People seeking accommodation for the December or January period should visit the Metro Hotels website at www.metrohotels.com.au or call the toll free Central Reservations line on 1800 004 321.
Metro Hotels is the public face of Transmetro Corporation, an Australian owned public company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. The Group currently provides a national accommodation network of 15 properties, with over 1000 rooms in key locations and major cities across Australia.