Tourism in south-west Queensland remains strong despite devastation caused by the January floods.
Charleville-based tourism officer Denis Kenny told ABC News that tourists are still arriving in numbers . He said the message that the south-west is open for business after the floods is finally getting through.
“Very much a downturn in the early part of the season, they’re certainly experiencing good visitation at the moment,” he said.
He also said one thing to note is the increase in visitors who have chosen to leave their caravans at home
“I think it’s probably got to do with the price of petrol and diesel,” he said.
Roughly 300 homes were affected in Charleville during the January flooding and around 20 businesses in the area were damaged. Mr Kenny says fixing flood-damaged roads remains a priority for the local tourism industry.