Tweed enjoying busiest tourist season in years
THE Tweed is enjoying one of its busiest Christmas tourist seasons in years, with sunny weather and increased flights credited with the influx of visitors.
Drift Tackle and Take-away at Tweed Heads co-owner Susan Ridings said more tourists than usual had passed through the doors this summer.
"It's the best Christmas we've had in quite a few years," Mrs Ridings said.
She said it was mostly domestic tourists with short-term fishing licences proving popular, indicating many visitors were spending their holidays outdoors.
"When we have nice weather between Christmas and New Year's, it's our busiest time of the year except Easter," Mrs Ridings said.
Destination Tweed chief operating officer Bill Tatchell said the bustling tourism season came as no surprise, despite a strong Australian dollar.
Mr Tatchell said an increase in flights through Gold Coast Airport - along with some clever marketing - had encouraged domestic and international visitors. "More people are staying for longer periods of time," Mr Tatchell said
"Tweed is being remembered as a great family destination.
"You get a lot of value for your dollar in the Tweed."
He said while the Gold Coast offered the excitement of theme parks and city life, the Tweed was perceived as the destination of idyllic family holidays.
Tweed Billabong Holiday Park manager Rachel Griffin said while it was typical for the park to be full at this time of year, the past 12 months were more fruitful than 2012.
"It's been extremely busy," Ms Griffin said.
"We're fully booked until late January."
Tweed Coast Holiday Parks business development officer Andrew Illingworth said their seven holiday parks were at capacity this holiday season.
"Between Boxing Day and New Year's we could have sold our accommodation 10 times over," Mr Illingworth said.