Queensland has enjoyed an influx of tourists from the southern states as well as the local drive markets to record one of the best school holiday periods in the last four years, according to Gold Coast-based Mantra Group.
The Gold Coast in particular has enjoyed a resurgence with 16% increase in occupancy across the Group’s 20 Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree properties, compared to last year as well as strong rate growth. Events on the Gold Coast in the coming weeks including GC600, Gold Coast 7’s Rugby and Coolangatta Gold will ensure that these solid numbers will continue, with forecasts for a similarly successful Christmas holiday season.
“The growth in rate is particularly encouraging to the region, signifying that the choice to holiday on the Gold Coast on the increase,” said Mantra Group’s Director of Resort Operations, Mark Hodge.
“Our Peppers Broadbeach property in particular performed very well over this period, filling with both repeat visitors and new guests looking for an extra level of luxury for their family holiday.”
Tropical North Queensland is continuing its bumper year, complemented by the global exposure due ‘shine’ on the region for the Solar Eclipse event in November.
“Our properties in Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas have had a great year – well and truly back on the agenda for Australian holidaymakers throughout 2012 and the region has enjoyed a bumper school holiday period with a 17% growth in occupancy,” he said.
“The Solar Eclipse event is gaining great momentum and looking to fill our properties in Cairns, Port Douglas and Palm Cove taking us into a similarly busy Christmas holiday period.”
The Sunshine Coast maintained the strong occupancy levels they enjoyed last September school holidays and enjoyed an increase in rate growth. The Noosa Triathlon is already proving popular with Mantra resorts across Noosa, Mooloolalaba and Caloundra starting to fill.