Occupancy rates soar for Gold Coast, Qld as school holidays begin

Locals are being encouraged to try and take advantage of the back-to-back long weekends coming up for Queensland this month.

Interstate tourism is booming for the school holiday period, with occupancy rates on the Gold Coast tipping 78 percent for the first time in a while.

Tourism operators are hoping to keep the bookings flowing throughout the month, with the Easter long weekend, ANZAC Day and Labour Day delivering a hat trick of long weekends for locals to play with as well.


Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe says that it’s a great time for Queenslanders to get out in their own backyard.

“A hat-trick of long weekends in April means now is the time to discover and recover with a Queensland short break,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Feedback from tourism operators confirms holiday bookings are pouring in for Easter across many Queensland getaway regions.

“Accommodation occupancy rates in the Tropical North Queensland region have hit 88 per cent for Easter and 78 per cent on the world-famous Gold Coast.

“Tourism operators in the Southern Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays are also doing well, but there are still opportunities to secure long weekends in Queensland paradise.

“We know visitors are snapping up hundreds of terrific Easter and long weekend deals from tourism businesses eager to share their unique short break holiday experiences.”

“Whether it’s a city escape, the beach, secluded islands or the Outback, at this time of year Queensland’s weather is hard to beat.”

The airports are also experiencing a flurry of activity around the school holiday period, with Brisbane Airport along breaking runway records for two consecutive Fridays.

Domestic passenger activity almost reached 97 per cent of pre-pandemic levels.

Strong April and early May holiday bookings follow positive trends in the latest data for 2021 from Tourism Research Australia.

Australians spent a record $9.5 billion on Queensland holidays in the last year up to December, boosting the tourism industry’s economic recovery.

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