Ashlea Peoples and Jess Robinson enjoy the warm sunshine at Mooloolaba Beach.
Ashlea Peoples and Jess Robinson enjoy the warm sunshine at Mooloolaba Beach. Warren Lynam

Easter tourism hopes rise as forecast talks sunny side up

FINGERS and toes will be crossed for warm weather this Easter break.

The holiday for bunnies, chocolate and family camping trips has come early this year - Good Friday is on March 29.

After a dismal run of wet weather, accommodation providers are relying on the long-range forecast of fine weather to boost their coffers.

The message the tourism industry wants to get out to visitors is: book now.

Sunshine Coast Destination Advisory Panel chairman Bill Darby said operators hoped to put out the no-vacancy signs these school holidays.

But the Caloundra-based Rumba Resort manager said visitors more than likely would gauge their holiday bookings on the weather.

"The pattern we're seeing is a lot of last-minute bookings," Mr Darby said.

"The long-range forecast is for beautiful weather."

The Easter break will be aligned with New South Wales and Victorian school holidays this year, putting a strain on available accommodation.

Sunshine Coast Destination Limited has extended its "Find your perfect summer setting" campaign until the end of March to further promote the region leading up to Easter.

Boosting visitor numbers was a key objective of the local tourism body's former CEO Steve Cooper, who was dumped from the top job almost a month ago.

The search for a new CEO was advertised on February 19.

Mr Cooper has been unavailable for comment since his formal statement about three weeks ago.



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