History of the Arra Accommodation Group  

After a visit to the USA a group of Canberra businessman saw the need to establish a motel Chain here in Australia similar in concept to ‘Motel 6' in the USA.

They built ‘Motel 7' in the Canberra suburb of Narrabundah, which became the inaugural member of the unincorporated Association known as the Budget Motel Referral Service Association.


The basic philosophy of the Chain was to offer Clean, Comfortable, Affordable accommodation to the Australian market.


The Budget Motel Chain became incorporated to form National Budget Referral Chain Limited, a fully registered public company, not for gain, and structured in similar form to a non profit co-operative run by the members for the members.


The Budget Motel Chain grew steadily over the years, expanding membership to all States & Territories of Australia.


New Zealand motels were invited to join the Chain, and over the years the membership in New Zealand has grown beyond 70 member properties.


Membership numbers of the Chain throughout Australia and New Zealand exceeded 500 member properties taking the Chain to the largest motel referral Chain in the Southern Hemisphere.


The International Head Office of the Chain, at 435 Raymond Street Sale, was officially opened.


The Budget Motel Chain launched its own in house ‘Budget Reservation System'. The reservation system has continued to strengthen since inception with approximately 14,000 room nights being sold per annum for member properties.


The Budget Motel Chain celebrated its 21st birthday, and proudly boasted 21 years of servicing the travelling public with their motel accommodation needs.

The Budget Motel Chain celebrates its 25th birthday year, including the 50th edition of the Dollar Saving Accommodation Directory. The Arra directory is printed twice yearly, April and October, and includes member motel tariffs, maps, tourist information and other useful details.

The new Budget Motel Chain online booking facility was launched on the Budget Motel Chain web site. 

From humble beginnings back in 1978 the Budget Motel Chain now represents 324 member motels located in all States & Territories of Australia and both Islands of New Zealand.

To celebrate its achievements as a major player in the accommodation industry over the last 30 years of servicing the travelling public, the Chain heads back to Canberra where it all began.


February 2009 saw the launch of a new trading name "Arra Accommodation Group" which encompasses the renowned Budget Motels, Paragon Hotels and a new mid tier level brand called Orbit Inns.


Arra Accommodation Group is well positioned with accommodation to suit every travel need and sets a new standard in affordable accommodation.