red neon vacancy sign for motel.
red neon vacancy sign for motel.

Dalby motels hit hard by coronavirus

THE effects of COVID-19 are becoming more and more significant as the weeks progress.

With local cafes and pubs forced to close their dining rooms and only serve takeaways, to having all events that were planned for in the next six months cancelled.

Jock Rohan, the owner of Motel Myall said that the area can’t seem to catch a break.

The Motel Myall in Dalby
The Motel Myall in Dalby

“I was only thinking about it the other day actually,” Mr Rohan laughed.

“While we didn't experience too much difficulty with the floods, the drought was around for a couple years and just as it seemed to break, this happens.

“It’s just one thing after another isn’t it.”

Since the cancellations of the big events around the region such as, Big Skies and the 150th Dalby show, the motel on Myall Street are struggling to see how the next few months will pan out.

“We have had multiple cancellations for those bigger events and also weddings.

“Now we have next to nothing in forward bookings and our day to day walk ins are becoming very limited.”

Despite the large number of cancellations, Mr Rohan is still grateful that some companies are still heading out to the area to complete work.

“At the moment we have group out here that are keeping us at around 30 per cent occupancy which is extremely helpful.

“If you’re starting at 30 per cent it's a lot different than starting at zero per cent.”

As the weather starts to cool down and those from down south look to escape for some heat up north, Mr Rohan believes that the area won’t see the same amount recreational travellers it normally would.

“Once upon a time, people would have their whole trip plan and booked.

“Now they just book as they make their way around so it’s a it is a level of uncertainty.”

Ben Clemmens, the owner of Kobbers Motor Inn Dalby said the recent events have been devastating for his business.

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“Our numbers have been drastically affected,” Mr Clemmens said.

“With everything that has gone on with COVID-19, the cancellations of major events and people now working from home it will set the motel industry back big time.”

Like Mr Rohan, the team at Kobbers have experienced mass cancellations over the last week.

“Some people are still choosing to wing it and sort of see what happens.

“We normally have a lot of travelling business groups come through, but that has all stopped.”


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