Tourism hotspot has room to grow, new study finds
TOURISM operators at Agnes Water learned their slice of paradise had even more room to grow when new figures were released this week.
The first study on visitor numbers by Tourism Events Queensland and Discovery Coast Tourism and Commerce found that 2600 people visited the Seventeen Seventy and Agnes Water regions every week.
It also found there were 2253 beds offered by hotels, motels and backpackers.
The new information was shared with the DCTC members at an annual general meeting on Tuesday night, where all of the not-for-profit group's committee positions were filled.
President Amber Rogers said the figures gave new hope to businesses by showing the region was only "at capacity" three or four times a year.
"It gives us a huge amount of opportunities," Ms Rogers said.
"There's time where the community feels like we're full but that's truly only at capacity two to four times a year, which is not that much."
Ms Rogers said tourism operators and business owners had struggled after the Spirit of Lady Musgrave incident.
But she said there was a positive mood from business owners on Tuesday night.
The figures are a first for the tourism hotspot.
"Recently I was in a conversation with a man, who was a little older than myself, but it was interesting that we collectively came to the same idea that Agnes Water is very comparable to Byron Bay in its early years, but Agnes has the added benefit of the Great Barrier Reef," Ms Rogers said.
"Before Byron became extremely hectic.
"That's the vibe here."
Ms Rogers said she and the DCTC committee looked forward to helping and supporting businesses this year.