Resort Manager Matthew Fitzpatrick at The Lookout Resort in Noosa has strong weekend numbers right through until September. Photo Lachie Millard
Resort Manager Matthew Fitzpatrick at The Lookout Resort in Noosa has strong weekend numbers right through until September. Photo Lachie Millard

Open season: Phones hot with interstate bookings

A COCKROACH invasion is expected to swarm the Sunshine Coast, and our holiday parks and tourism operators couldn’t be happier.

Holiday makers from NSW and everywhere bar Victoria will be allowed to visit the sunshine state again from July 10 in a major win for the struggling tourism industry.

Normally the states would be awash with State of Origin fury, but after months of lockdown, cane toad operators are rejoicing at the easing of restrictions.

Manager of Noosa’s The Lookout Resort, Matthew Fitzpatrick, said the phones were already ringing hot with interstate inquiries and bookings.

Mr Fitzpatrick said weekends were “looking strong” right up to the September school holidays will be “packed”.

“The only downside is that we have had a few Victorians forced to cancel,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

“Unfortunately they thought they would be able to come, but overall it’s fantastic news.”

Mr Fitzpatrick remembered when the pandemic was in full swing and admitted he didn’t think the borders would have opened this early.

“It was very hard to imagine. In the midst of all the virus turmoil we had nothing but cancellations.”

The Wharf Mooloolaba looking sad and empty during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo Patrick Woods
The Wharf Mooloolaba looking sad and empty during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo Patrick Woods

NSW INFLUX: SUNSHINE COAST READY FOR TOURISM BOOST

Jason Filippini, who runs holiday parks at Mooloolaba, Maroochydore and Coolum, previously told the Daily that if borders weren’t open by July 10, the winter season would be kissed goodbye.

Golden Beach Holiday Park operator Jenna Foley said it was great news.

“A lot of our southern trade is from NSW, so that will really help us,” Ms Foley said.

“It’s a shame about Victoria but have found Queenslanders have supported Queensland well.”

Alex Beach Cabins and Tourist Park general manager Brice Hooke welcoming winter holiday makers.
Alex Beach Cabins and Tourist Park general manager Brice Hooke welcoming winter holiday makers.

Ms Foley said due to the restrictions, park management opted to do a soft opening at 50 per cent, rather than go back to full capacity at once.

“We are still only taking self-contained vans so we can easily monitor restrictions,” she said.

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The Queensland Tourism Industry Council responded with “relief” after premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s announcement today about the borders reopening.

“Interstate tourism contributed $9.2 billion to the Queensland economy last year, incomes for 240,000 employees and tens of thousands of business in every part of Queensland,” Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind said.

“This announcement by the premier will bring back a new ray of hope to all those people and their families.”


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