The Coffs Coast Advocate

Visitor numbers up as campers stay on

COFFS was a great place to set up camp this summer, with caravan and camping grounds playing host to hundreds of tourists throughout the holiday season.

Moonee Beach Holiday Park host Lawree Scott said the summer season had been 'huge'.

“We've had the 'no vacancy' sign out for most of January and we're more than 100 arrivals up on last year,” Ms Scott said.

“It's been a fantastic summer.”

Ms Scott said 90 per cent of the visitors were returned guests, with many prolonging their stay.

“Normally they would all be going home this week but we've still got high occupancy rates since those visitors who would normally stay for two nights are now staying for five, then seven, and then ten,” she said.

“We've also had a real influx of German and English tourists who are just astounded that they can't find a place on the coast.”

The Coffs Coast Visitor Information Centre reported that caravan parks were full for the first 10 days of January, while visitor numbers to the information centre were up by 11 per cent on last year.

Caravan and Camping Industry Association chief executive officer, Barry Baillie, said occupancy had increased by up to 10 per cent for many coastal holiday parks during summer, with a substantial number of new campers entering the market.

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