Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

More floods push tour operators 'to the edge'

Wednesday January 30, 2013 - 14:24 EDT

Queensland's tourism sector is counting the cost of the flood disaster.

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council says Bundaberg businesses will feel the greatest impact, along with those on the Sunshine and Gold coasts.

The council says many bookings have been cancelled and roads have been cut, disrupting visitors' travel plans.

CEO Daniel Gschwind says the industry is hoping the damage bill will not be as great as it was after the floods two years ago.

"The long Australia Day weekend is always a good time for tourism and clearly that didn't happen this time around," he said.

"Many bookings have been cancelled and that is not just to the flood affected areas but to the rest of Queensland as well.

"Travel for many visitors has been disrupted and that immediately leads to economic loss.

"How big that economic loss is, we don't know."

Mr Gschwind says some business are preparing to rebuild for the second time in two years.

"Many of them did struggle through the events of 2011, put a lot of effort into rebuilding since then and some of them, those of them who have been affected again, now would certainly be pushed very much to the edge and would be disheartened if nothing else and that's sometimes very difficult to recover from," he said.


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Australia's top equestrians reeling after drought forces cancellation of key event

09:15 EDT

The New South Wales Eventing State Championships have been called off after the Hunter Valley competition ground was deemed unsafe because of extremely dry conditions.

Another heat feat in Western Sydney

17:36 EDT

Parts of Western Sydney are having an exceptionally hot start to the year, with Penrith just enduring its hottest four day spell in more than 20 years.

Lightning storm creates visual spectacular over Adelaide

10:09 EDT

After several days of searing heat, Adelaide has been hit by a thunderstorm that created a spectacular, late-night light show over parts of the city.