Turning on the television, towels, toiletries and carparking are all extra but the charges are disclosed upfront. General manager Nathan Copsey said about 75 per cent of guests paid for more than just the room. We just want people to pay for what they use, said Mr Copsey. We dont have function rooms, we dont have pools, we dont have gyms that require a lot of upkeep that you have to charge guests for, so its basic. The concept was developed by the founder of low cost carrier AirAsia, Tony Fernandez, and is similar to the model used by budget airlines. Richard Munro from the Accommodation Association of Australia said it was likely the pay as you go model would become more common, as venues increased efficiencies.
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