Mixed Christmas holiday result for accommodation providers
ACCOMMODATION operators have reported a mixed Christmas holiday result with some at capacity and others expericing quiet periods.
Fraser Island resident David Anderson said accommodation on the island reached full capacity.
"Christmas, New Year period was really busy as how it was for the past three years," he said.
"The weather was good and dry most of the time which encouraged people to come to the island to fish and swim.
"We also had 1300 vehicles arriving on the island just on one day, which was the Saturday after New Year's, and that's a positive indication as to how businesses fared during that period.
"There were a lot of campers along the beach and most resorts reached full capacity."
Gary Gilbert, general manager of Maryborough's Carriers Arms Motel, said business had good in some respects and poor in others.
"We had a good Christmas at the pub although most of them were locals but our motel was quiet for about four weeks during the New Year period," Mr Gilbert said.
"I think during the holidays, people rather go to the bay and even if people come to Maryborough, they don't tend to stay overnight.
"There's more things to do and see in the Bay."
The Australiana Top Tourist Park in Scarnees was fully booked during the Christmas period.
"Our visitors were mostly families, elderly people and couples from Brisbane who were visiting their families here in the bay," she said.
"We also had quite a few international visitors who booked day tours to Fraser Island.
The spokeswoman said business was about the same the previous years and believes holiday apartments had helped attract more visitors.
The Kondari Hotel's accommodation on Elizabeth St in Hervey Bay was also fully booked recording a 20% increase in visitors in 2014 compared to the previous year.
Venue manager Nathan Bensted said people were looking for the type of affordable accommodation provided by the Kondari.
"We were full for the two weeks over Christmas and we had quite a few international visitors booking Fraser Island tours," he said.
"Fraser brings a lot of people to this area and our visitors are definitely budgeting and I think Hervey Bay is economically cheaper for them."