Tourism for Bundy looking bright

TOURISM in the Bundaberg region is in a good place, according the latest round of annual figures.

Bundaberg Region general manager James Corvan said the area's tourism operators should not be overly concerned about the latest figures.

Figures from Tourism Queensland show that over the past three years, the number of visitors to the region was unchanged but the number of holiday makers was down 5%.

But Mr Corvan said the region was still doing well comparatively.

“If we are doing better than average for the state than we are doing well,” he said.

“There are some places where the numbers are back to where they were in 2003.”

But figures for the year to March 2010 are more dismal.

Visitors to the region showed a drop of 1%, while holiday visitors showed a drop off of a whopping 12%.

“Those annual figures released each quarter do jump around a lot,” Mr Corvan said.

“That is mostly because a small sample size is used, so they can be bad one quarter and good the next,” he said.

In the year ending March 30, 2010, the number of business visitors was up 16% – a three-year increase of 1%.

“Business is only a small part of the work our operators do and it is great to have those extra people staying in rooms during the week.”



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