Operators booked out or near to it for Christmas period
HOTEL, caravan park and resort operators are expecting strong Christmas bookings to be the icing on a successful 2013 cake.
Some operators are booked out or near to it for the peak Christmas holiday period and said they had experienced improved trading this year compared with the preceding two years.
"We usually get booked out from Boxing Day onwards for about a week-and-a-half and we're pretty close to already being booked out for that period," Maaroom Caravan Park's Jaeson Brache said.
"It (the year) has been a lot better ... a lot better without all the rain, although we could probably do with a shower now."
Ramada Hervey Bay Resort general manager David Hutcheon said bookings for the Christmas period were already full, with the resort trading close to capacity since mid-year.
"We are already fully booked for Christmas and we have operated at about 85% or more since July," Mr Hutcheon said.
"We're up about 15% in occupancy on last year."
Kingfisher Bay Resort Group director of sales and marketing Kerry Brough said ideal weather conditions had been positive for bookings and meant the resort was trending well and ahead of last year.
"There is still resort availability in the summer period and some good deals for guests who want to stay longer and pay less by taking advantage of low-season deals right up to December 19, before the summer peak," Ms Brough said.
"Christmas and New Year is solid as expected, with a better pick up than last year, but there is still availability - in hotels and villas - for those wanting to spend the silly season on Fraser Island.
"We're also hoping Fraser Coast Opportunities' summer campaign will help drive business for the region."
Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce president Tim Powers said the September school holidays in particular had been a success with no-vacancy signs common about town.