Easter sees spike in visitor numbers

The Southern Downs region was hit with an influx of visitors across the Easter long weekend, with the Warwick Visitor Information Centre reporting a spike in visitor enquiries.

The Centre, now based in the central Town Hall location, reported a 30% increase in visitor numbers compared with the 2016 Easter long weekend. The Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre also handled an unprecedented number of enquiries.

Visitors and residents were treated to a thriving events calendar across the weekend, with the 2017 Australian Pontiac Nationals drawing huge crowds across Warwick. Southern Downs Regional Council staff had worked closely with the Pontiac Club to bring them to the region and was pleased to see members of the club travel to Killarney and other parts of the region.  Council staff are working with a number of other car clubs to bring them to the region, using the infrastructure at Morgan Park as leverage.

Southern Downs Regional Council’s Portfolio Chair for Tourism Cr Rod Kelly said the long weekend also attracted an influx of campers across the region, with the stunning weather an added bonus.

“Many camping and caravan accommodation providers reported they were fully booked even before the long weekend commenced, and as always, our National Parks were a huge attraction,” he said.

“I am aware that all the camping at Girraween National Park was taken up by people wishing to experience the great outdoors, as well as day trippers to the region.

“It’s wonderful to see our region’s tourism operators continually working hard to offer a great visitor experience.

“We know visitors are seeking diversity and the Southern Downs and Granite Belt has so much to offer.

“From National Parks and adventure activities to wineries, fresh local food and exhilarating events, we have an abundance of experiences to share with our visitors,” said Cr Kelly.

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