UNCERTAIN weather had accommodation operators worried this year, with accommodation filling up later than in previous years.
However, despite the difference in booking times, operators reported consistent or higher numbers of visitors than last year.
Portland Tourist Association president and owner/manager of Allestree Holiday Units, Jenny Klingberg, said numbers up until the first week of the New Year seemed good, but afterwards things were less certain.
“A lot will depend on the weather and last minute bookings,” Mrs Klingberg said.
She said last minute bookings and visitors extending their stays were much more common this year.
“It was the last week before Christmas when people started booking,” Mrs Klingberg said.
KywongCaravanParkmanager Del Rees said overall the park was busier, but bookings for the New Year’s period were full by this time last year.
Ms Rees agreed with Mrs Klingberg that the difference was due to people waiting longer and booking later than last year.
“Things are building up now on the camp sites,” Ms Rees said. “The powered sites have been booked out for a while, but I think people were waiting to see how the weather would turn out for the others.”
Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer.