Boost for Noosa tourism as Gold Coast takes a hit

Damien Dempsey
Noosa voted top spot for tourism

Noosa is claiming the number one spot for tourism as holiday makers flock to the seaside town.

It has been reported that the area has experienced a 15.7 per cent increase in visitor numbers while the rest of Queensland has seen a decrease in visitor numbers.

Data reveals that the Gold Coast had a 15.5 per cent decline in Australian visitors in the March quarter. Townsville decreased by 19.8 per cent, Tropical North Queensland by 15.1 per cent, Fraser Coast by 7.4 per cent and the Whitsundays fell by 4.3 per cent.

Noosa has had $100 million invested into it, giving holiday resorts, restaurants and retail space a makeover.

Tourism Noosa CEO Damien Massingham said domestic visitors were returning to enjoy the $100 million worth of refurbishments around Hastings Street.

“There are two new restaurants Miss Moneypenny’s and Locale, Seahaven resort has invested in its property and the Sheraton underwent $10 million refurbishment,” he said.

We’ve been able to go to interstate markets and say Noosa is alive again. We’ve got a great natural product that will never change but not only that we have great man – made products with world – class facilities.”

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