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HOTELS NEED TO ADAPT TO TOURIST NEEDS

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2017

 

The $ 2 million emergency campaign announced by Tourism Minister Paul Papalia to get more people using Perth hotels is not dealing with the changing demands for tourist accommodation.

The minister wants us to invite friends and family over, but it is not just lower visitors’ numbers that are to blame for the many empty hotel rooms.

Hotel rooms are expensive and not very family friendly, hence the success of Bed&Breakfast accommodation and AirBB.

In Fremantle one can get a 2-3 bedroom house with garden for as low as $ 170 a night. For a family with children that is much better and cheaper than hotel rooms.

People can cook in a B&B and don’t need to go out and buy three meals a day, and the kids can play in the garden.

Many B&B also allow dogs and that is very popular.

What hotel operators need to do is change with the times and offer more serviced apartments, where people can cook their own meals, as the new Fremantle Quest Hotel has.

What is wrong with hotels having some floors with rooms and suites, and other floors with serviced apartments with cooking facilities?

Having a whinge is not the solution, but changing with modern tourist demands is.

Roel Loopers

 

HOMELESSNES A VERY REAL PROBLEM

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, homelessness, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 4, 2017

 

An article in today’s West Australian by Ian Carter, the CEO of Anglicare WA, should be reminder to us all that we need to do more for homeless people. It is a blight on society that in a rich country like Australia thousands of people have to live on the streets.

Ian Carter writes that only one per cent of rental properties in the Perth area are affordable to people on Newstart or on a pension. That is ridiculously low and not acceptable.

Affordable rent is considered to be no more than 30 per cent of income, hence the latest Census shows we have 9592 homeless people and another 7070 are at risk of becoming homeless, as they live in caravan parks and overcrowded accommodation.

The main reasons for becoming homeless, according to Anglicare, are domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental health, financial troubles, and substance use.

The Anglicare CEO writes in the West Australian that social housing should be near transport nodes and accessible to human services and government resources.

It is important not to see homeless people as an unsightly sight on our streets, but as people who deserve and require our compassion and support. I have no doubt we could do a whole lot better if we really tried.

 

Roel Loopers

 

AUSTRALIA HOTEL IN FULL GLORY

Posted in accommodation, architecture, city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 21, 2017

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Nice to see the Fremantle Hotel Australia backpackers all painted again after it took years of dispute with the heritage department on what the right process was for the street level facade.

It’s looking good and is a much nicer sight now for cruiseship passengers when they arrive in Fremantle Port.

Roel Loopers

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POSITIVE FIGURES FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2017

Some interesting statistics in the agenda of this Wednesday’s City of Fremantle FPOL Committee, so here is a summary of the high-level KPIs. The full report is in the FPOL agenda for June that is on the CoF website.

• 58% of customers said that ‘compared to two to three years ago’, they hear either ‘much more about Fremantle’ or ‘more about Fremantle’.
• 58% of customers said that ‘compared to two to three years ago’, they think Fremantle is either ‘much more appealing’ or ‘more appealing’.

• 87% of customers said they were ‘definitely likely’ or ‘very likely’ to recommend Fremantle as a place to go. This is an increase from 71% in 2013.
(Fremantle based and non-Fremantle based customer responses were almost identical)

• Tourism nights (stays) in Fremantle increased by 45% in 2015/16 (1 930 883) compared to the average of the previous seven years (1 332 782), according to Tourism Research Australia (TRA) who conduct research on behalf of the ABS.

• Domestic (intrastate) day trips increased by 69% in 2015/16 (959 286) compared to the average of the previous seven years (565 507), according to (TRA).

• Fremantle Story website usage has increased to 45 000 unique users per month.
• Fremantle Story social media following has increased to 60 000.
• Fremantle Story e-newsletter is distributed to over 10 000 people each edition.

• In October 2015, Fremantle was selected as a 2016 top ten city in the Lonely Planet Best in Travel publication (worldwide). Media coverage reached an estimated 1.2 billion people worldwide.

• In 2014/15, the City’s efforts at promoting Fremantle as a world class visitor destination was recognised with the national gold medal in the ‘Local Government Award for tourism’ category, awarded by Tourism Council of Australia.

MORE FREMANTLE TOURIST ACCOMMODATION

Posted in accommodation, fremantle, social media, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 24, 2017

The Be. serviced apartments in Fremantle Challenger Harbour are adding more units to the tourist accommodation, so just what Freo needs to attract more visitors and enable them to stay overnight instead of having to commute to Perth.

All the older apartments at Be. have been refurbished recently and are considered to be four and a half star quality accommodation.

They have great views to Bathers Bay and historic Arthur Head or the Fishing Boat Harbour, so keep them in mind when friends are coming over to visit WA.

Roel Loopers

This is a community service, not a paid advertorial! 

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RELAXED BACKPACKER

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2017

 

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I am always on the look out for so-called street photos when wandering around inner city Fremantle and noticed this backpacker relaxing at the old Orient Hotel this morning.

Roel Loopers

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BEHAVE OR PACK YOUR BAGS!

Posted in accommodation, backpackers, city of fremantle, law&order, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2017

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A heated exchange has been happening on social media about Fremantle West End residents having problems with the anti-social behaviour of backpackers from the Fremantle Beach Backpackers hostel in High Street.

Emotive accusations are flying high and residents have erected an arty gate, set back from the street, in Henry Street to try to keep drugged and drunken backpackers from invading their property.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton has accused the owners of having put the fence up without proper planning approval while they say the inner city Councillor is not supportive enough to help solve their problems. The ugly sliding fence the hostel erected to put rubbish bins behind reportedly also did not receive planning approval.

There is an irony in the fact that the owners are allegedly breaking the law to protect themselves from alleged law breakers but I do have sympathy for the fact that the safety of their small children and family is their priority and not planning laws.

The saga with the backpackers has been going on for far too long with some of them recently climbing onto the roof of the house of the young family one night, trying to get into their backyard, and the family’s children no longer feeling safe in their bedroom.

That is not on as the number one priority of society should be the protection of innocent children, so Fremantle Council, which approved the backpackers hostel, needs to take stronger action.

The community policing model introduced by the Commissioner years ago is not working as there are not enough cops on the beat and police presence in Fremantle is often next to nothing, especially during the evenings and nights.

It is not acceptable that visitors to Fremantle have disregard for the law and the residents of our city. We welcome them with a smile and hospitality and treat them with respect, and we have the right to demand the same attitude from them.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE QUEST HOTEL NOW OPEN!

Posted in accommodation, economy, fremantle, hospitality, hotel, tourism by freoview on December 13, 2016

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The Fremantle QUEST serviced apartments hotel in Pakenham Street opened yesterday, so let your visitors know about this new accommodation in the port city.

It is very important for the Fremantle economy to keep visitors here over night, instead of them going to Perth or elsewhere, so the more tourist accommodation the better.

Roel Loopers

FIFO ACCOMMODATION FOR CITY OF FREMANTLE

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, local government by freoview on December 9, 2016

Fremantle Council will decide on Wednesday at the full council meeting if it will move into FIFO-style portable accommodation at the Stan Reilly site during the demolition of the council building at Kings Square and the construction of the new civic centre there.

The demolition of the Stan Reilly building and erection of transportable buildings is considered the best and cheapest option for the City.

The site will become a car park once staff move back to Kings Square into the new civic centre building, designed by Kerry Hill architects, until final decisions have been made about the Fremantle Oval masterplan.

Roel Loopers

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LIVING TOGETHER BETTER HOUSING ALTERNATIVE

Posted in accommodation, fremantle, housing, lifestyle, living by freoview on November 22, 2016

Living Together Better is on tonight at 6.30 at the Fremantle Townhall, so everyone interested in alternative living/sharing projects should attend and share their opinion and ideas.

It is organised by Meriam Salama who is an architect and founder of a social enterprise that seeks to provide affordable housing through co-ownership. Her venture, The Henry Project, seeks to provide opportunities for multiple small households to share ownership of a single dwelling, living independently, but with some shared facilities. The basic premise is that living together equates to living better; living together provides better affordability, and better social connectedness.

Living Together Better will give people the space to meet others similarly interested in the idea, to start developing connections that may lead to this type of co-living.

More details on: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/living-together-living-better-tickets-28594873035

The model Salama is offering can make affordable housing, with genuine social benefit, a viable alternative in the Fremantle area.

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