Gold Coast Warms Up for a Hot Winter
A run of warm, sunny weather is boding well for a healthy winter for Gold Coast tourism operators.
Pre-bookings are strong, and last-minute visits are also holding up well, according to Gold Coast Tourism chief executive Martin Winter.
Winter claimed that last-minute visits come mostly from Brisbane, and were up 15% from March.
As always during winter on the Coast, accommodation, theme parks and attractions were out-performing beach-related activities, he noted. Surf school bookings are down, but accommodation operators are posting pleasing occupancy rates.
Sea World reported a solid June and forecasted a good July, thanks partly to good weather. Warner Bros Movie World said local and holiday-maker attendance was high.
A scuba diving operator also said business was doing well thanks to “beautiful” weather, after a slower patch during a period of wind and rain.
Winter said the industry is hoping to add a few more percentage points to its visitor numbers this quarter.