Demand is building for rooms

By LUIS FELIU

BOOKINGS for Tweed's holiday accommodation in the leadup to the Christmas break have been quiet lately but across the border demand for resort rooms remains traditionally high.

Tweed and Coolangatta Tourism Incorporated (TACTIC) general manager Terry Watson said the last few months had been very quiet in terms of bookings but he expected that to change soon.

"It's hard to know why but statistics are telling us that domestic tourism is in a downturn at the moment probably due to the high petrol prices," Mr Watson said.

"The usual situation of accommodation at Tweed Heads and Coolangatta being full from Christmas through to January is also likely to continue.

"However, there has been more interest for the Tweed Coast this year with more accommodation at the new developments available such as Salt with Outrigger and Peppers and Casuarina - there's no shortage at this time."

But across the border at Coolangatta and Kirra, demand for holiday rentals and resort accommodation remains quite high with plenty of rooms available to cater for festive-season holidaymakers.

Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce immediate past president Marie Robbie said part of the area's success in attracting visitors was that many Australians were now opting to take domestic holidays rather than overseas ones over Christmas.

This was also helped, she said, by more affordable low cost airfares which meant visitors from southern capital cities found it more economical to fly to the Gold Coast for their holidays.



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