WHILE Brisbane will be buzzing with G20 leaders and delegates, Brisbanites will be escaping the city in masses for the long weekend as coastal hotel bookings peak, according to Australia's favourite online travel destination Wotif.com.

Friday has been designated as a public holiday for Brisbane and Wotif.com product director Donna Rodios said Brisbane hotels were already fully booked with G20 related business and as a result there is reduced supply for hotels in the city.

This is great news for the local tourism industry.

Ms Rodios said hotel bookings at coastal spots across the North Coast of NSW were recording significant increases thanks to the bonus long weekend.

"Plenty of Brisbane locals will be packing up the car and making the most of the long weekend," Ms Rodios said.

"We can expect to see beaches across the New South Wales border attracting holidaymakers with Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour and Newcastle all experiencing a surge in bookings during the long weekend."



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