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Sunshine Coast tourism on a knife-edge – plea to Queenslanders to “follow the Sunshine” for the September school holidays

September 15, 2021 Headline News, QLD News No Comments

After experiencing serious disruption to the winter holiday period, die to COVID, struggling Sunshine Coast’s tourism operators are calling on Queenslanders to “follow the Sunshine” and book in for the upcoming school holiday period.
Matt Stoeckel, CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast said that uncertainty caused by the Covid outbreak had decimated tourism business over the past six months, and with the major interstate markets closed for tourists, there had never been a more important time for Queenslanders to holiday local and book a visit to the Sunshine Coast.

He added, “Usually, our accommodation operators are pretty much full during the September school holidays, but this year operators are reporting barely 60% occupancy in the lead up to the holiday, so there is still plenty of room at the inn.”

Stoeckel said, “Visit Sunshine Coast has been pulling out all stops to target Brisbane and the surrounding drive market as well as South Australia with the recommencement of free-flowing interstate travel which will extend the holiday period by a week to 8 October”, adding, “Due to the hit in travel confidence, we know people are booking last minute and we want to encourage them to visit the Sunshine Coast.”

He added, This is a fantastic time to enjoy the region, with warm days, mild nights and incredible water-based attractions, including whale watching and swimming with whales, that goes through till mid-October”, and “In addition to a lively calendar of events, many of the attractions across the Sunshine Coast will be holding lots of special holiday activities for visitors including for example, Paw Patrol at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast.”

SEA LIFE General Manager, Quinn Clarke said, “SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium is excited to be partnering with Paw Patrol The Movie to bring a splash of adventure to your school holidays”, adding “There will be Paw Patrol activities throughout the aquarium, and special pup packs for kids on arrival,” and “SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast will be open 7 days a week, from 8.00am daily during the school holidays, but we woudl like visitors to pre-book their tickets online in advance.”

Pictured above: Brett Thompson (Landmark Resort & Spa), Andrew Fairbairn (Visit Sunshine Coast), and Quinn Clarke (SEA Life Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast Events and Activities include:

  • 18 September to 4 October – Paw Patrol at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
  • 18 September to 4 October – Spring Holiday Fun at Australia Zoo
  • 20, 21, 23, 27, 28 and 30 September – Busy Bee Hotel Workshops at The Ginger Factory
  • 24 September – Moonlight Food Markets, Eumundi
  • 24 September – Ride the Night, Aussie World
  • 1-3 October, Caloundra Music Festival, Kings Beach
  • 2 October, Mary Valley Rattler 3rd Birthday, Gympie
  • 2 October, Walking with Dinosaurs, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens

A report from the beautiful Sunshine Coast by John Alwyn-Jones, Special Correspondent, Travel and Tourism, Global Travel Media.

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