Fraser Coast tourism suffers biggest drop in the state
THE number of Australian visitors to the Fraser Coast dropped 20% in 2012-13, a new report has shown.
The domestic tourism snapshot, released by Tourism Queensland, also showed the number of people who came to the Fraser Coast for a holiday, rather than business or visiting family, had tumbled by 28%.
Both the overall decrease in visitors and the drop in those on holiday was the largest decline of any area across the state.
"The Fraser Coast region saw a decline in domestic visitation, predominantly the result of reduced visitation from intrastate visitors after the post-flood increases seen last year," the report said.
Visitors to the Fraser Coast from Queensland fell by 25% to total 432,000.
There was some growth reported, with visitors from other states increasing by 6% to a total of 114,000 visitors.
The report showed the domestic tourism market was worth $326 million to the Fraser Coast in 2012-13.
It included visitation numbers from the 2013 floods, when the majority of accommodation providers, takeaways and restaurants were also cut off from natural gas and unable to provide services for more than three weeks.
A similar report released by TQ last week showed international visitor numbers were also still falling, although the decline had slowed compared to previous quarters.