Floods have hit tourist visits but things are picking up

FRASER Coast Opportunities has labelled a drop of 20% in the number of visitors to the Fraser Coast as disappointing but not unexpected.

FCO tourism manager Robbie Cornelius said back-to-back floods at the beginning of the year had impacted on the intrastate market, which recorded the highest decline across the state.

"The floods in January and February certainly impacted on the intrastate market but we are quietly confident that the market is picking up," he said.

The figures, published by Tourism Queensland, measured domestic tourist numbers for the 2012/13 financial year.

It showed a decline of overall visitor numbers by 20% and in visitors just on holiday dropped by 28%.

Mr Cornelius said more recent feedback from tourism operators and Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre had been very positive. Whale watch operators had reported strong passenger numbers.

Mr Cornelius said the Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre had also seen an increase in visitor numbers, with a jump of 17% in July and 13% in August.

FCO general manager David Spear said the new body, which has only been operating for a few months, put the region in a better position to put focus on increasing visitor numbers.



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