Festival fever hits city motels
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
'WE'RE absolutely chockas.'
That's the opinion of most local motel managers as they prepare for the influx of people for the Gladstone Harbour Festival.
Harbour Lodge Motel manager Rob Buck said he had continued to receive enquiries even though the motel had been fully booked for weeks.
'We're absolutely 'chockas' (full) for the Easter weekend and it seems that most motels are in the same position,' he said.
Gladstone Motel owner Janice Richards said the Gladstone Harbour Festival was a major drawcard for travellers to the region.
'We're completely full on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night next week and most people are coming for the harbour festival or other events like soccer and go-karting,' she said.
Most hotel and motel managers said Easter was usually busy and although some sites had vacancies, they were expecting more last-minute bookings next week.
Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited (GAPDL) general manager Danial Rochford said the harbour festival was a major contributor to the local economy and had a significant flow-on effect for local businesses.
'The harbour festival has been acknowledged as one of Queensland's best community festivals and the recognition of this is becoming more widely known,' Mr Rochford said.