Bumper season pushes up van site bookings

Yamba has tourist boost
Yamba has tourist boost Adam Hourigan

THE GOOD tourism news is continuing for Yamba, with one holiday resort claiming its caravan and camping sites are booked out right through to Australia Day.

Manager of Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort, Jackie Blake, said looking forward so far; the traditional Christmas holiday in Yamba looks to be a bumper one.

"Normally there is a spike over the Christmas/New Year break, then and it dies down a little mid-January until the Australia Day public holiday," Ms Blake said.

"However this year we're seeing a surge of steady bookings from December all the way through to late January.

"This increased interest in the park over this period of time is very exciting, and it's reassuring us, that Yamba is becoming a go-to destination for the Aussie summer holiday."

Ms Blake said the last school holiday period also saw an increase in bookings compared to same period in the previous year, but this upcoming summer season is set to overtake those figures in leaps and bounds.

"During the weeks of the September school holidays we witnessed an increase of 4% from last year's bookings," Ms Blake said.

"Any increase is good news, but this December-January season is our strongest in a while and we're confident the increase will be considerable compared to last year.

"Since 2011 Tourism Australia has been working to encourage Australians to travel domestically to increase the demand for Australia as a destination, and we are now starting to see the 'holiday at home' trend take off."

"Booking numbers from the last financial year show visitors from Brisbane and surrounds, and the Gold Coast make up 43 per cent of our guests," Ms Blake said.

"The more relaxed lifestyle and uncrowded beaches and rivers of Yamba seem to be the major draw card for these guests, as we provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of their normal environment while only being a short drive away."

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