There are more properties available for rent in Brisbane now including this house at 13 Leura Ave, Hawthorne which is listed for $850. Picture: realestate.com.auNEW vacancy figures reveal where it has become a little easier and a little harder to find a rental property.According to data released by SQM Research, Brisbane vacancy rates have increased from 2.5 per cent in February 2016 to 3.3 per cent this year.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoThings have become a little tighter in Melbourne with its vacancy rate down to just 1.7 per cent — a ten year low.Sydney’s vacancy rate is also tight at 1.9 per cent, down from 2.5 per cent just three months ago.Nationally there were 78,029 rental homes available in February according to the data. bringing the national vacancy rate to 2.4 per cent.Perth recorded the highest vacancy rate of 4.8 per cent, followed by Darwin at 3.8 per cent.Adelaide’s rate was a respectable 2 per cent and Hobart’s the lowest at just 0.7 per cent.
German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has handed over the new cruise vessel World Dream to the Asian shipping company Dream Cruises, a subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong. The new ship can accommodate 3,376 passengers and is 335 meters long, 39.7 meters wide and can reach a speed of more than 23 knots. This cruise ship also carries a small deep-sea submarine that can take guests down to a depth of up to 200 metres. In addition, World Dream has been designed and built according to the latest safety regulations, Meyer Werft said.“This is the 44th cruise ship we delivered. Our team made a great job. I am proud and thankful for their contribution,” said Tim Meyer, Managing Director of Meyer Werft.The new cruise ship has been designed for the rapidly growing Asian cruise market.After being handed over to the cruise company in Bremerhaven, World Dream will set sail to Asia where it will offer cruises for two, five and seven nights. Sailing from Hong Kong, it will cruise through regions in Vietnam and China.Once it arrives in Asia in November of this year, the ship will replace its sister ship Genting Dream in the Pearl Delta and Genting Dream will be homeported in Singapore.Delivered to the company from German shipbuilder Meyer Werft on October 12, 2016, the Genting Dream can accommodate 3,400 passengers and 2,000 crew.Earlier this month Genting Hong Kong announced delisting from the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST).The company said that the move is in line with its strategic focus on its cruise ship business in Asia, in particular, North-Asia, as the company continues to undertake initiatives to tap the burgeoning growth potential in the Chinese market.Image Courtesy: Meyer Werft; Video Courtesy: Dream Cruises