The past year has been tough for smaller operators as the impact of technology continues to increase and businesses struggle with significant fixed costs that may not be achieving a realistic return on investment. Airbnb is here to stay and traditional accommodation providers (motels and serviced apartments) are under pressure.
For businesses that are struggling now, the prognosis is not great, and without significant change there is unlikely a panacea to the improvement of the business. It’s been no surprise that more active and present owners have been more willing and able to adapt, making for businesses that fair better through market changes or periods of decline.
Our year in food retail has seen the widespread closure of outlets, rather than regeneration. It has been a tough year, with the dual influence of rising costs and external pressures. There has been an escalation in shutdowns as marginal operators have started closing the doors earlier and walking away from unrealistic leases.
Press in this area has been increasing and there has been a slew of prominent restaurants closing their doors.
A vexed issue for business owners especially cafes and restaurants, is whether to open on Public Holidays and whether there should there be a surcharge. There is a balance between wage costs against opportunities, and often this can be challenging for a business owner to determine.
Craig runs through the observations of the accommodation industry in rural locations. More information? To find…