Conferences boost bookings for Gladstone hotels

HOTELS in Gladstone are winning this week with an influx of visitors on business.

Principals from schools around regional Queensland have packed out the city centre for their biennial conference, which began on Monday at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.

GECC's Garry Hansen said the conference's 250 attendees had booked more than 560 hotel room and apartment nights, and would be contributing more than $250,000 to the Gladstone economy.

The majority are housed at Gladstone City Central and the recently-opened Curtis Central Apartments.

"These types of events boost the town in a big way in terms of accommodation, then there's the flow-on in terms of restaurants and cafes," Central Apartment Group operations manager Greg Whitehead said.

Barry Stack, from Quest Gladstone Serviced Apartments, said Gladstone was becoming a more popular destination for conferences.

"We're about double up from last year," he said.

"Companies just like to get outside their own little environment."

Note: The third paragraph in this story has been edited. The original version indicated 250 conference attendees had booked 560 rooms. It should have been "room nights".



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