Theme Park boss talked of a turnaround in business
The Queensland tourism industry has received a massive boost as Gold Coast Airport reports a rise in passenger arrivals, the first year on year gain since the chain of natural disasters that hit last year.
Recent figures reveal almost 26,000 more passengers arrived into the Gold Coast Airport in March 2012 than in the same month a year ago.
Internationally, 67,023 passengers arrived into Gold Coast Airport in March, up 5.5 percent from last year, and 389,688 domestic passengers, up 5.7 percent.
Queensland Airport Limited managing director Dennis Chant said the last 12 months had been a challenging year for the region but there are positive signs for the future ahead.
"In the next six months we have more seats allocated to the Gold Coast both domestically and internationally," Mr Chant said.
"The loads are starting to pick up too, particularly out of Japan."
Additionally, Ardent Leisure chief executive officer Greg Shaw who represents theme parks Dreamworld, Skypoint Climb and Water World has reported an increase in visitation for the companys March quarter.
"We are happy with the momentum of the theme park division," Mr Shaw said.
"We are in a much better position than we were in the prior year."
Queensland Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said the Gold Coast was turning around and gaining momentum.
"The arrival of budget carrier Scoot next month will be another positive boost to our tourism industry," Ms Stuckey said.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P