Wet weather puts damper on number of visitors to the Bay

WEATHER DEPENDENT: Byron Bay’s tourist numbers increased when rain eased in the second week of the holidays.
WEATHER DEPENDENT: Byron Bay’s tourist numbers increased when rain eased in the second week of the holidays. Patrick Gorbunovs

WET weather in the first week of the July school holidays deterred visitors to Byron Bay, tourism operators are reporting, however business picked up again as rain eased.

"We were pretty pleased with the bookings in the second week of the holidays," Byron Visitor's Centre acting manager, Melissa Sanders said.

"There was a notable increase in visitors once the rain stopped," she said.

"Our visitor numbers in winter are very weather dependent, we still have vacancies, but we have had a lot of visitors here from Melbourne and New Zealand for the warmer weather," she said.

Whale watching had been the most popular activity tourists wanted to book into this July holidays, Ms Sanders said.

Byron Beach Cafe owner and VIA Byron treasurer Ben Kirkwood said his cafe also noticed a slump in trade during the first week of the school holidays, but bounced back in week two.

"I would say overall visitor numbers would be on par with figures from last year's July school holidays," Mr Kirkwood said.

Topics:  byron bay tourism weather

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