Hotel Laguna Noosa manager Linda Jedynak said southerners, particularly Victorians, had been cooped up like caged chickens under lockdown.
Hotel Laguna Noosa manager Linda Jedynak said southerners, particularly Victorians, had been cooped up like caged chickens under lockdown.

Southern stampede: Holiday makers rush to secure stays

Sunshine Coast resorts and hotels are fielding a flood of calls from NSW and Victorian holiday makers desperate to secure their annual getaways.

The booking stampede started on Tuesday when Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the state's borders would reopen on December 1.

Hotel Laguna Noosa manager Linda Jedynak said the southerners, particularly Victorians, had been cooped up like caged chickens under lockdown.

Mrs Jedynak said the announcement generated a flurry of bookings.

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"They're like chickens in a cage, once the door is opened they rush in," Mrs Ledynak said.

"There were some gaps in the lead up to Christmas but they're all gone.

"Automatically filled, which is great.

"For some of the guests, their holiday here is their best time of the year.

"Tourism is our bread and butter, so it's a sigh of relief for us and the owners."

Noosa Short Stay Accommodation chair Finola Thompson said emails had rushed in from repeat guests who were "over the moon".

 

Jon and Finola Thompson of Coral Beach Noosa Resort said the borders reopening was a huge relief.
Jon and Finola Thompson of Coral Beach Noosa Resort said the borders reopening was a huge relief.

 

The manager of Noosaville's Coral Resort said their southern guests had been stressed that they wouldn't be able to come up on their annual holiday prior to Christmas.

"Some guests ended up having to cancel, they couldn't take the risk," Mrs Thompson said.

"But now Victoria have the all clear the bookings are coming in hot.

"They are very excited, it's been such a stressful year.

"These guests have been coming here for years and years, they know so many people."

Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Andrew Brodie said on Tuesday that every flight into the region delivered $50,000 in tourism spend.

Ms Palaszczuk said the rush for holiday bookings would be a welcome shot in the arm for the state's tourism sector which has bled billions of dollars since the first travel bans were introduced at the start of the year.

"It's great to see that already, this announcement is starting to pay off for tourism operators."


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