QUEENSLAND'S tourism industry has received an end-of-year bonus, with predictions of a bumper summer holiday season.
Acting Tourism Minister Glen Elmes said summer holiday bookings were looking positive.
"Regional economies are boosted by the flow-on effects from increased accommodation bookings with money spent at local shops, restaurants, theme parks and other holiday activities," the Noosa MP said.
"The usually quieter shoulder season in the lead-up to the Christmas holidays was strong, thanks to a boost from Tourism Queensland's 'I Spy' campaign that delivered a 49 per cent increase in bookings for participating operators.
"It looks as if that momentum has continued which is great news for the state's tourism operators."
Mr Elmes said figures provided by online booking agent Wotif.com showed the top five summer school holiday spots in Queensland, based on room nights booked, were Surfers Paradise, Brisbane CBD, Broadbeach, Noosa and Cairns.
Several Queensland regions are also running summer events which provide an added drawcard for the holidays.
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