Footy fans travelling interstate for finals matches are being urged to take extra care when booking accommodation.
The warning comes from the Accommodation Association of Australia ahead of the first weekend of the AFL and NRL finals which will see thousands of fans booking accommodation to support their teams.
“With major footy finals taking place in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, this weekend looms as a busy one for operators of hotels, motels, serviced apartments and other tourism accommodation businesses,” said the Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard Munro.
“This could lead to consumers looking at platforms for private residences to be used for tourism accommodation when they are trying to find a place to stay.
“When making a decision about accommodation, footy fans should take into consideration that such private residences may not be compliant with building fire safety, insurance laws and disability access requirements, among many others.
“The accommodation industry is urging anyone who is travelling for the footy finals this coming weekend that to maximise their guest experience, they should stay in a reputable hotel, motel, serviced apartment or other compliant tourism accommodation business.”
Mr Munro has also provided the following advice to interstate travellers who are budget conscious.
“The best way to secure the most suitable room at the best rate is to book direct with the hotel, motel, serviced apartment or other compliant tourism accommodation, either through its website or over the phone, or even try your local travel agent.
“The accommodation industry is hoping that all footy fans have a successful weekend – both on and off the field.”