Qantas strife may upset tourism
IT HAS been a tough nine months for Adam Karras and Katrina Knowles, owners of the Elandra Resort at Mission Beach in north Queensland.
When cyclone Yasi hit in February, they were forced to shut down for several weeks while they cleaned up. When they re-opened in April, they could only salvage 21 of the 55 rooms.
Now the Qantas strike is piling on the pressure and uncertainty, as it is for hundreds of smaller travel businesses in the state and throughout the country.
''We've had about a dozen guests postpone their travels in the past nine days,'' Mr Karras told the Herald. ''People aren't cancelling, but they don't want to spend their precious holiday time stranded at an airport. They want to wait for a clear outcome before they come here.''It takes guests 1½ hours to reach the resort from Cairns airport. Usually it is fully booked from May to September, but even with fewer rooms, occupancy is down at least 20 per cent on last year.
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