Its the best ever season for some parts of the Sunshine State.
The no vacancy signs have gone up in force throughout Queensland as the states tourism industry boasts growth, boosted by interstate school holidays overlapping, long weekends and the quest for good weather.
Recording one of its best holiday breaks in years is a relief for Queenslands vital tourism industry after recent struggles due to horrific natural disasters, competition with cheaper overseas travel and the impact of a stronger AUD on international visitor numbers.
Mantra Group and Wotif.com experienced strong growth in bookings throughout the state with bookings to North Queensland seeing a 17 percent rise, the Gold Coast a 16 percent growth and the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane bookings up ten percent, the Herald Sun reported.
Tourism Queensland acting chief executive officer Leanne Coddington said even Queenslanders were choosing to holiday near home.
"Some areas are reporting their best season ever and there has been positive feedback right across the state, Ms Coddington said of the genuine revival.
The Mantra Group, who has more than 40 properties throughout Queensland, revealed it recorded one of the best school holiday periods in four years.
Mantra director of resort operations Mark Hodge said the Gold Coast in particular has sprung back to life.
For the tourism-focused region, Mr Hodge said it was encouraging to see the Gold Coast bounce back.
Events on the Gold Coast in the coming weeks, including GC600, Gold Coast 7s Rugby and the Coolangatta Gold, will ensure that these solid numbers will continue, with forecasts for a similarly successful Christmas holiday season."
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W.