Ramada Hervey Bay is getting ready for a “bumper Christmas” after opening in September.
Ramada Hervey Bay is getting ready for a “bumper Christmas” after opening in September.

Make way for the tourist influx

IF YOU thought last weekend was busy across the Fraser Coast then you had better brace for one impressive influx over the next month.

Holiday-makers are counting down the days at work until they pack their boardies, flippers and fishing rods for a sizzling festive season in Hervey Bay and Maryborough.

Mantra Hervey Bay acting general manager Matt Walters said that although it had been quiet leading up to Christmas, come next Tuesday the rooms would start filling.

“We’re going to be chock-a-block and overflowing,” he laughed.

From Boxing Day to about January 10 Mantra is booked solid.

It would then start to die down, Mr Walters said, following the trend of every silly season.

“It’s very similar to last year,” he added. “And I know it’s the same at Sandy Straits and Peppers and I presume it’s the same everywhere else.”

Peppers Pier Resort Hervey Bay general manager Russell Birrell said from Christmas Day and into the first week of January the resort was fully booked.

He said there would be plenty of families enjoying the school holidays and most of them reserved their rooms early.

Not booking early, however, are customers of Ramada Hervey Bay, which opened at the end of September.

Ramada GM Simon Bassett said many people had given relatively short notice although that had not affected bookings with a “bumper Christmas” on the way.

“The economic conditions are not as bad as first thought … people still have jobs and the sky hasn’t fallen in,” he said.

The trend is the same for Maryborough’s Carriers Arms Hotel Motel but motel manager Susan Gilbert says instead of attracting the usually business customers the Carriers will be busy with tourists.

Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism’s Damien Massingham says the board will launch a marketing campaign targeting Queensland’s drive market to help boost tourism numbers at the end of January, especially when people go back to work.

The campaign, he said, will take advantage of print and digital media to keep the Fraser Coast at the top of everybody’s minds.



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