Tourism looks to further growth with strong advance bookings
TOURISM injects $22 billion into Queensland's economy each year, and 2014 is already getting off to a good start.
The Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind said tourism organisations from the Gold Coast and north Queensland had reported some of the best advanced bookings and reservations in 10 years.
"The entire tourism industry is hopeful the strong growth will continue into January next year and beyond," he said.
"The long-range summer weather forecast is expected to bring idyllic Queensland weather."
Mr Gschwind said holiday-makers often made last-minute decisions about going away or booking accommodation based on weather patterns and predictions.
"Naturally, here in Queensland we are used to 'interesting' weather conditions during the wet season," he said.
"It has been a tough road travelled by Queensland tourism businesses in 2012 and 2013 following a series of natural weather disasters and economic challenges. However, this summer's outlook for Queensland tourism is sunny and bright on many fronts.
The tourism industry employs 136,000 Queenslanders, 5.9% of all employees in the state.