Tourism trade - jolly season for hospitality industry

DESPITE the concerns of local traders, tourism workers say visitor numbers for Kingscliff for the Christmas period are looking healthy.

Tweed Coast Holiday Parks executive manager Richard Adams said their six functioning parks would likely be packed, with many visitors having re-booked after last year.

"We're pretty well booked out," Mr Adams said.

He said while the North Kingscliff site, currently closed for renovations, had left a hole in revenue, the fewer available beds hadn't made the others book out any sooner.

Big 4 North Star Hastings Point spokesman Andrew Bradley said while there were still some spots available over December, holidaymakers would want to get in quickly to avoid disappointment.

He said while it was standard to book out, it was looking like a strong year.

"I think it'll be a great season for the entire area," he said.

Outrigger Twin Towns general manager Leah Matters said they had typically had rooms available until a week before Christmas, but would always wind up booked out.

With the Twin Towns Christmas lunch already booked out, Ms Matters said there was definitely a high demand for accommodation over the period.

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