Gladstone Tourism Remains Strong
Whilst many areas within the Capricorn Coast region have been impacted by the recent flooding, most local tourism operators have remained relatively unscathed according to the Manager of Metro Hotel & Apartments Gladstone, Mr. David Robinson.
"Most of the accommodation properties including our own hotel are still doing steady busy despite the flooding", said Mr. Robinson. “Whilst it was difficult at one stage for travellers to get into Gladstone because of the floods, this also meant that it was difficult for people to get out of the town and therefore they had to extend their stay.” he said.
Whilst recent media reports have accurately described the devastation that many communities and businesses have suffered as a result of the deluge of rain that fell on Boxing Day, they haven't reported the fact that most tourism operations were able to continue on as normal or to quickly bounce back into full operation.
"The biggest impact on tourism operators in Gladstone has been the large number of unnecessary cancellations for accommodation", Mr. Robinson said. "As devastating as the floods have been for our local community, travellers should be aware that our airport, railway, highways and most local roads are open as usual and that we continue to offer visitors an incredible holiday experience at a most attractive time of the year", he said".
Any decrease in the number of travelers staying in hotels and motels has a flow on effect to all the other tourist operations including restaurant, pubs and local attractions.