Bookings indicate we're in for a red hot holiday season
TOURISM operators are rejoicing at the organisational skills of our visitors.
For the first time in recent years forward bookings at accommodation houses are looking strong across the Sunshine Coast for the upcoming school holidays.
The change from the weather-dependent mindset which bred last-minute bookings is a positive sign for the industry.
The Queensland school holidays start in less than three weeks.
At Mooloolaba, hotels and apartments are filling up fast as the bookings come in thick and fast.
"Things are looking good in Mooloolaba but there are some vacancies still around," Mooloolaba Business and Tourism president Peter Foran said.
"The Ironman 70.3 is on the first weekend of the holidays which has helped book us out for that weekend.
"This year has changed people's mindset and we are seeing strong forward bookings for September and the Christmas holidays."
The Mooloolaba Business and Tourism group has 4500 beds on its books.
At Noosa it is a similar story. Many accommodation houses are expecting full occupancy for the September break.
"The forecast for the September school holidays is looking strong,'' Tourism Noosa general manager Damien Massingham said.
Caloundra has been a little slower to fill, but Rumba Resort general manager Bill Darby expects bookings from the drive market to come in over the coming days.
"We are seeing big improvements on previous years of people booking early and I'm sure we'll receive more bookings closer to the holidays starting," Mr Darby said.
"It's a big relief and a positive sign for everyone because it makes staffing and planning easier.
"It's also positive to know our cafes, restaurants and retailers will be full and the area will be vibrant.''
The Caloundra Fringe Festival, to be held from September 26 to October 6, will be a big drawcard.