Come on down, the water?s fine at Agnes

THE caravans have pulled away but the Christmas break has brought plenty of cheer to Gladstone motels and holiday venues.

Accommodation in the Agnes Wa- ter area was popular and Captain Cook Holiday Village manager Carole Gibson said their cabins were booked out.

"People seem to have made the last-minute decision to come down,'' Ms Gibson said.

She said many tourists had come from further north and at times they had to turn people away who were looking for cabins.

Ms Gibson said tents had also been very popular and the venue was booked up until past New Years.

In Gladstone city, some business- es said they were busier than this time last year.

Barney Beach with the Seabreeze Caravan Park manager Stan Pitt said the park's cabins had been more popular this year than last, however it remained the off season for caravaners.

"Accommodation-wise the fig- ures are going well,'' Mr Pitt said.

"Most have been overnighters, people passing through.''

Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited chief execu- tive officer Danial Rochford said tourists at this time of year tended to visit friends and relatives.

Mr Rochford said there were more international tourists and in- dependent travellers visiting the re- gion in the summer months.

"That number has been rising markedly over the past four years,'' Mr Rochford said.

An increase in tourism in Agnes Water showed that during the Christmas break, it remained one of the region's most popular areas.

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