Byron losing holiday appeal

CANBERRA, Albury, Newcastle and Mackay have all come ahead of Byron Bay in a list of Australian domestic travellers’ favourite destinations for 2009.

The list was based on the top 20 locations booked through online accommodation provider Wotif.com.

Byron Bay is listed at number 20, the same spot it held last year, behind other locations including Townsville (13), Coffs Harbour (16) and Port Macquarie (17).

In Wotif.com’s list of top NSW destinations, Byron came in at number seven, just ahead of Wollongong (8), Wagga Wagga (9) and Dubbo (10).

The relatively low ranking came as no surprise to business group Byron United’s vice-president, James Lancaster, who said issues such as traffic management were turning tourists away.

“Tourists are going to say: Why do I want to go to a place where no one wants me?” Mr Lancaster said.



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