Local accommodation providers remain positive following recent lockdowns

With the nation back under strict measures as the latest Delta strain of COVID makes its next move, accommodation operators across the Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton and in our Central Queensland Highlands are remaining positive.

Despite last minute cancellations from interstate and Southeast Queensland visitors who have again been forced into lockdown, many commercial beds are refilling quickly, due a combination of supply and demand in response to the current industry demands, housing shortage, as well as regional Queenslanders supporting their local industry.

With majority of accommodation providers on the Capricorn Coast at capacity, volunteers from the Capricorn Coast Information Centre have been directing the overflow of visitors to Great Keppel Island and Rockhampton.

Caravan parks from the east to the west are also bumper to bumper as we welcome many Southerners who have been unable to return home.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO, Mary Carroll said, “Our local tourism industry, notwithstanding many challenges, has remained resilient and faired better than most regions over the past 18 months, and we credit this to regional Queenslanders who continue to jump in the car and holiday in their own backyards.”

“While we see our niche, boutique operators definitely feeling the pinch with cancellations, our region has been incredibly fortunate during the course this pandemic, and our strong drive market and major projects underway in the region have placed Central Queensland locations and majority of operators in a steady position.”

“I would like to again thank locals for supporting local businesses and keeping our visitor economy robust,” Mary said. “With the weather turning it on as we approach the end of winter, and plenty of whale-spotting opportunities happening now, I encourage all Central Queenslanders to lock in their next escape and come and enjoy our destination.” 

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