Tourism takes hit
THE length of a holiday on the Fraser Coast is getting shorter for tourists and their numbers are shrinking, according to a new report by the State Government's tourism promotion body.
Quarterly Tourism Queensland figures have shown the number of holiday-makers heading to the Fraser Coast has continued on a downward trend and are almost 20% down on last year.
The Fraser Coast had 643,000 visitors in the year to June, including visiting family and friends, holiday-makers and people visiting for business.
It equalled a 12% decline in total on the previous year and a 19% decline in visitors on holiday.
Visitors from Europe, the United Kingdom, Germany and Scandinavia made up the bulk of the 148,000 international visitors.
The report stated that a 17% drop in international visitors was due to reliance on a poor youth market in the UK and a strong Australian dollar.
The decline in international visitors was the highest drop recorded in the state.
The figures also showed domestic visitors were staying one night less than they were a year ago at an average of 3.7 nights.
One was positive sign was the report showed families and retired visitors had increased.